To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
 
 
United States
£ GBP
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
Good Reads  Botany  Plants & Botany: General

The Plant Thieves Secrets of the herbarium

By: Prudence Gibson(Author), Brett Summerell(Foreword By)
254 pages, no illustrations
The Plant Thieves
Click to have a closer look
  • The Plant Thieves ISBN: 9781742237688 Paperback May 2023 In stock
    £24.95
    #260393
Price: £24.95
About this book Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

The Plant Thieves reveals remarkable stories from the National Herbarium of New South Wales – its people, its archives and its most guarded specimens.

Who gets to collect plants, name them, propagate them, extract their chemicals, sell them and use them? Whose knowledge is it? And what can the people that work with plants, just outside the law, teach us about plant care?

In The Plant Thieves, Prudence Gibson explores the secrets of the National Herbarium of New South Wales and unearths remarkable stories of plant naming wars, rediscovered lost species, First Nations agriculture, illegal drug labs and psychoactive plant knowledge.

Gibson reveals the tale of the anti-inflammatory plant that saved a herbarium manager when she was collecting in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, stories about the secret Wollemi pine plantation (from one of its botanical guardians) and the truth about a beach daisy that has changed so much in 100 years that it needs to be completely reclassified. She also follows the story of the black bean Songline, a recent collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, to find the route of this important agriculture plant.

The Plant Thieves is both a lament for lost and disappearing species and a celebration of being human, of wanting to collect things and of learning more about plant life and ourselves.

Customer Reviews

Biography

Prudence Gibson is an author and research academic in plant studies at Art and Design, University of NSW. She is the lead investigator of an Australian Research Council project on the herbarium. She is the author of Janet Laurence: The Pharmacy of Plants and a contributor to Art and Australia, Sydney Review of Books and The Conversation.

By: Prudence Gibson(Author), Brett Summerell(Foreword By)
254 pages, no illustrations
Media reviews

"A real treat. I found myself intrigued, amused, surprised, occasionally infuriated, but always engaged and provoked. A must read for anyone interested in plants and plant collecting (or is it thieving [...] )."
– Tim Entwisle

"This reads like a Michael Pollan book with a feminine touch! Prue tells the hidden and too-often silenced stories of our past and present relationships with plants, inspiring hope for the future. Highly recommended."
– Monica Gagliano

"This book will take you on an adventurous read through the lives of plants and their people [...] personal and surprising, reflecting the writer's deep curiosity and love for plants."
– Janet Laurence

"Very rarely do herbaria come alive and tell stories with so much vividness as in this book by Prue Gibson. Through her sensitive writing and attentive engagement with plants, we encounter them face-to-face, face-to-surface, surface-to-surface."
– Michael Marder

"Wonderful stories that bring to life fraught histories within the colonial herbarium. A journey that creates fascinating human and plant connection."
– Caroline Rothwell

"Gibson threads the personal through the botanical in this stunning book about ecology, humanity and the future of our world."
– Anna Westbrook

Current promotions
Backlist BargainsBuyers GuidesNHBS Moth TrapBritish Wildlife Magazine