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The Naming of the Shrew


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A witty tribute to the history, construction and joyousness of the Latin names that describe our natural world

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John Wright is a passionate natural historian and the author of the River Cottage Handbooks Mushrooms, Edible Seashore, Hedgerow and Booze. As well as writing for national publications, he often appears on the River Cottage series for Channel 4. He gives lectures on natural history and every year he takes around fifty 'forays' showing people how to collect food - plants from the hedgerow, seaweeds and shellfish from the shore and mushrooms from pasture and wood. Over a period of twenty years he has taken around five hundred such forays. Fungi are his greatest passion and he has thirty-five years' experience in studying them. John Wright is a member of the British Mycological Society and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. He lives in rural West Dorset with his wife and two teenage daughters. @johnmushroom / www.wild-food.net


Who would have thought that a book about Latin names could be quite so compelling!! * Alan Titchmarsh *
Brims with verbal curiosities * Nature *
Nature writing at its best: insightful, entertaining and often very funny * British Wildlife *
I have not fully recovered from the discovery that the proper Latin name of the western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla * Independent on Sunday *
Weird and wonderful * Sunday Telegraph *
Charming * The Lady *
The pleasure of Wright's book is the contrast between the rigour required for giving names and the careless minds and mischievous humour of those who devise them * The Times *
Fascinating and funny * BBC Countrylife *
Erudite but whimsical ... a book as charming as it is wise * Irish Examiner *
A great read * Grow Your Own *

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