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Herbaceous
by Paul Evans

Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany and poetic vision which asks us to look anew at our relationship with plants and celebrates their power to nourish the human spirit.

Author: Paul Evans

Artwork: Kurt Jackson

Published May 2014

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£12.00

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‘the John Clare of his generation’ JOHN VIDAL, THE GUARDIAN

‘a secret garden of deep, dense word-foliage’BBC COUNTRYFILE

‘well-turned prose poems charting the seasonal cycle of herbaceous plants’ NEW STATESMAN

Climate change is eroding the familiar pattern of the seasons, so we turn instinctively to the life cycle of herbaceous plants to guide us through the year. The growing, flowering, seeding and dying back to earth of wild flowers, weeds, herbs and garden perennials sustain and enrich our everyday lives with food, metaphor, joy, anxiety, medicine, stories, beauty and enchantment. Above all, by enabling us to read the changing seasons, plants help us navigate our way in the world.

A short Intro to Paul’s new book Herbaceous

A short reading from Herbaceous by Paul Evans

Herbaceous is a journey which follows the colour pulse of plants throughout the year, searching for new rhythms in a changing world. It begins with yellow: the pulse of early insects and the symbol of the returning sun. It is followed by spring’s vernal whites and the hedonist, spirited pinks of summer. Gradually, the strange and melancholy blues of early autumn are replaced by the ripple of seed-setting and a return to the browns of our subterranean winter dreams.

Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany and poetic vision which asks us to look anew at our relationship with plants and celebrates their power to nourish the human spirit.

PAUL EVANS

180 x 130mm hardback
112 pages
Illustrated by Kurt Jackson
ISBN 978-1-908213-16-7

 

Additional information

Weight220 g
Dimensions20 x 135 x 185 mm

Reviews

  1. John Vidal, the Environment Editor at The Guardian since 1995, has written an absolutely astonishing review of Herbaceous by Paul Evans. The review is framed around the “small club of Guardian country diarists”, a long tradition at the newspaper.

    “Along with contributors such as Jim Perrin and Mark Cocker, he brings a powerful new cultural edge to traditional nature-writing and he responded to the changes in the column by whittling the form into a kind of daily haiku or sonnet – dramatic prose poems juxtaposing sharp observations of the plant and bird worlds with nods to larger human events.”

    Vidal goes on to describe Paul Evans as the “John Clare of his generation, feet not just on the ground, but deep in the ditch.” As literary comparisons go, no higher praise is possible.

    Read the full review by John Vidal in the Guardian.

  2. This week’s New Statesman (6th-12th June) carries a lovely review of Herbaceous by Paul Evans, alongside a review of In Paradise, the last book written by the legendary naturalist and author Peter Matthiessen.

    Here is an extract of the Herbaceous review: “Little Toller Books, based in Dorset, has already made its mark producing beautiful editions of nature classics. Now comes the elegant Monograph series . . . beginning with this collection (illustrated by Kurt Jackson) of well-turned prose poems charting the seasonal cycle of herbaceous plants – from the ‘fish-leaved and bell-jiggled’ trout lily on the Appalachians to humble hogweed, ‘providing erotic stages for mating soldier beetles’ – weaving folklore and history along the way.”

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