To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
United States
All Shops

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £33 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £26 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Botany  Vascular Plants  Vascular Plants: General


Monograph Out of Print
By: Marcia Reiss(Author)
224 pages, 50 colour & 50 b/w photos and illustrations
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Click to have a closer look
  • Lily ISBN: 9781780230931 Hardback Apr 2013 Out of Print #204476
About this book Contents Biography Related titles
Images Additional images

About this book

The lily is a flower of contradictions: it represents both life and death, appearing both at weddings and funerals. In their pure white form lilies are a symbol of innocence, chastity and purity of heart, but by contrast the highly fragrant and intensely coloured orange lilies symbolize passion. In Lily, Marcia Reiss explores these paradoxes, tracing the flower’s cultural significance in art, literature, religion and popular culture throughout history.

Reiss journeys from the tomb carvings of ancient Egypt to the paintings of Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe and Salvador Dalí, exploring the lily as a subject of fascination and obsession. She unearths many absorbing facts and fables about the blossom, and also examines its use in cuisine. A luxury in Western horticulture, lilies have been a source of food and medicine in China for centuries. While Reiss focuses her attention on true lilies and the ornamental hybrids breeders have derived from them, she also provides extensive information about a wide variety of popular lilies, including daylilies, lilies of the valley, water lilies and calla lilies. Filled with striking illustrations of these gorgeous plants, Lily is a book for gardeners and lily admirers alike.


Introduction: A Flower with Multiple Personalities

1 A Lily by Any Other Name
2 From the Ice Age to the Modern Age: The Journey of the True Lily
3 A Lily in Every Garden
4 Picturing Lilies
5 Milk, Sex and Blood: The Mythology of the Lily
6 As Pure as a Lily
7 The Sexiest Flower
8 Matters of Life and Death
9 Always Entertaining
10 A Lily a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
11 Lilies on Your Plate

Epilogue: A Journey to Shushan
Timeline of the Lily
Further Reading
Associations and Websites
Photo Acknowledgements

Customer Reviews


Marcia Reiss is the author of many books on New York history and architecture. She has worked as a journalist, university professor, public official and advocate, and is an avid gardener.

Monograph Out of Print
By: Marcia Reiss(Author)
224 pages, 50 colour & 50 b/w photos and illustrations
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Current promotions
Field Guide SaleNHBS Moth TrapNew and Forthcoming BooksBuyers Guides