Daffodil: Biography of a Flower

Helen O'Neill

Description

A beautifully illustrated, visually lush and intriguing book about the world's most popular and most powerful flower.

The daffodil is the inspiration of poets, a treasure-trove to scientists and a symbol of everything from unrequited love, rebirth, eternal life and misfortune. Over centuries, the daffodil has been so many things to so many people: it was called 'Narcissus' by the Greeks and prized by the Romans as guarantee of passage to the Underworld; it was used by medieval Arabs and ancient Chinese for its medicinal properties and it has inspired poets, lovers, artists and scientists down the ages.

In telling the story of the daffodil, Helen O'Neill is really telling is the story of humanity. It's a narrative of progress from superstition and myth, taking in politics, greed, religion, science, chance, redemption and love. But, appropriately enough for a flower that is now used on a worldwide basis to raise funds for cancer research, it is, above all, a story of hope. Moving, fascinating, eloquent, and also beautiful.

Details

  • Format
    Hardback
  • Pages
    256
  • Size
    210 x 155mm
  • Publisher
    Harper Collins
  • ISBN
    9780732299200
Stock Code
151641
Our Price
$34.99
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