Chas­ing the Ghost

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Reviews Books - by Peter Mar­ren Square Peg £16.99

After the au­thor re­ceived a copy of Wil­liam Ke­ble Martin’s Con­cise Bri­tish Flora in Colour on his 15th birth­day, he set out to find all 1,500 il­lus­trated flow­ers. Half a cen­tury later, this is the story of the hunt for the fi­nal 50 rare species, some con­fined to a sin­gle lo­ca­tion. But this book is not only about flow­ers, it’s a heart-warming tale of fel­low­ship with old botan­i­cal ac­quain­tances and new friends whose gen­eros­ity helped in his quest. As Mar­ren says, “The twin sum­mits of botany are find­ing a flower and mak­ing a friend.” Phil Gates Botanist

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