Congress Report

We have been at the International Botanical Congress in Vienna for three days now and are having an absolutely fantastic time. It’s been great to talk to some old customers and make lots of new ones. We have been getting a real feel for what’s important for today’s botanists and, what titles they would really like to see published in the near future.

Our stand In Vienna

Our Stand in Vienna

Some of titles generating the most interest include Pollen, Hotspots Revisited, Plant Ecology, Plant Systematics, Flower of Crete, Monocots: Systematics nd Evolution, A New Flowering: 1000 Years of Botanical Art and Illustrated Guide to the Trees of Peru.

Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution

The Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution has just been published and is now in stock. The author draws on examples from a wide range of taxa and environments, illustrating the expanding breadth and depth of research in coevolutionary biology.

“Essential reading for any researcher studying coevolutionary interactions… The book will be influential because it not only provides a thorough review of where our understanding of coevolutionary processes stands today, it also provides direction for new studies of coevolution” – Timothy Craig, ECOLOGY

Wild Orphans

Elephant Diaries featured on BBC one this week is a series of five programmes filmed over the course of a year at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and in the release sites in Kenya. Jonathan Scott and Michaela Strachan introduce one of Africa’s most dysfunctional families – a group of elephants, raised by people, on their perilous journey back to the wild. This book Wild Orphans tells the story of the plight of the African elephant and contains beautiful photos to accompany the story.

A Call to Arms for Nature Publishing

In a really excellent piece in the Guardian, Robert Macfarlane argues that we must reconnect with our environment through classic works of wildlife literature.

The suggestion – which echoes a similar call made by Lopez exactly 20 years ago in America – is that a series of classic works of nature writing from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland should be established and published. Such a series would not kowtow to the doubtful idea of a “national” literature. Instead, it would be a series of local writings, which concentrated on particular places, and which worked always to individuate, never to generalise. It would not vaunt a little-islandism, nor would it be blind to the spoliation of the landscape which has occurred. It would not adore landscape as a site for the exercise of middle-class nature-sentiment – a gymnasium for the sensitive.

It would, however, honour a form of care, and a form of attention, to the landscapes of the British Isles. It would discover in landscapes values which transcend the commercial and the consumerist. And it would restore to visibility a tradition of nature writing which has slipped from view these past 50 years.