A collection of wide-ranging essays on Britain's best-loved flowers from the author of The Long, Long Life of Trees
The beauty of flowers is well known, inspiring creative minds from Botticelli to Beatrix Potter. But they've also played a key part in forming the past, and may shape our future.
Roses and thistles have served as symbols of monarchs, dynasties and nations. We wear poppies to remember the First World War, but it was the elderflower that treated its wounded soldiers. A rose might mend a broken heart, and sunflowers may just save our planet.
At once enchanting and intriguing, The Brief Life of Flowers reveals how even the most ordinary of flowers have extraordinary stories to tell.
. - Praise for Fiona Stafford
Elegant, engaging, impeccably written and packed with interest - Sunday Times
Written with verve, pace, genuine wit and an inspired eye for the quirky fact or anecdote - Daily Mail
Fiona Stafford's enchanting study is stoutly built, plainly and stylishly written, admirably achieved as to both artistry and pedagogy, and as gripping as a good thriller, replete with plots and character - The Times