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Strange Blooms The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants by Jennifer Potter
  

Strange Blooms The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants

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Synopsis

Strange Blooms The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants by Jennifer Potter

In seventeenth-century Britain, a new breed of 'curious' gardeners were pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and new plants were stealing into Europe from East and West. John Tradescant and his son were at the vanguard of this change - as gardeners, as collectors and above all as exemplars of an age that began in wonder and ended with the dawning of science. Jennifer Potter's book vividly evokes the drama of their lives and takes its readers to the edge of an expanding universe. Strange Blooms is a magnificent pleasure for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

Reviews

A tour de force... We owe Potter a huge debt of gratitude for the tireless research and sifting of evidence that have allowed the Tradescants and their great legacy to emerge so clearly at last. -- Jenny Uglow * Sunday Times * The Renaissance delight in the sheer protean variety of stuff in the world has met its ideal presenter in Jennifer Potter's open pleasure in details. -- Jane Stevenson * Daily Telegraph * Forget Alan Titchmarsh - it's the Tradescants of Jennifer Potter's Strange Blooms we should really salute... Beautifully produced and meticulously researched. -- Andrea Wulf * Observer * Masterly... Jennifer Potter's achievement in Strange Blooms is to have breathed life back into the Tradescant name. -- Alexander Urquhart * TLS *


About the Author

Jennifer Potter is the author of four novels and five works of non-fiction, most recently Strange Blooms: The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants; The Rose: A True History; and Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World, all three published by Atlantic Books. A regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, she is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at King's College London.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th June 2007

Author

Jennifer Potter

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Biography: historical, political & military
Gardening

ISBN

9781843543350

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