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Natural history new titles

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If you’re fascinated by flora and fauna, our natural history section has everything you need. This list updates when we add new titles to the collection.

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Camouflage  by Steve Parker

Camouflage

Steve Parker

Book

"Camouflage is essential to surviving in the wild. Both a built-in defence mechanism and a cunning tactic for attack, this biological advantage helps animals hide from dangerous predators and catch unsuspecting prey. It is used in many different ways...

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Fuzz  by Mary Roach

Fuzz

Mary Roach

Book

"Join "America's funniest science writer" (Peter Carlson, Washington Post) Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What's to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking...

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100 flying birds  by Peter Cavanagh

100 flying birds

Peter Cavanagh

Book

"100 Flying Birds: Photographing the Mechanics of Flight offers a vivid and varied glimpse into the world of birds. A white-tailed eagle plummeting through a Japanese sky, a brown pelican striking a silhouette against an Ecuadorian sunset, an Atlantic...

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Earth's wild music  by Kathleen Dean Moore

Earth's wild music

Kathleen Dean Moore

Book

"In her newest collection, Moore selects essays that celebrate the music of the natural world as a reminder of what can be taken from us-the yowl of wolves, tick of barnacles, laughter of children, shriek of falling mountains. Alongside these selections...

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A tree a day  by Amy-Jane Beer

A tree a day

Amy-Jane Beer

Book

"The beauty and power of the world's trees is timeless. Our appreciation of one of the oldest forms of life is particularly relevant in our age of climate concern. Immerse yourself in the world of trees with a tree a day - illuminating tree folklore,...

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Secrets of the whales  by Brian Skerry

Secrets of the whales

Brian Skerry

Book

"This provocative book of photography offers bold new insight into the lives of the world's largest mammals, along with their complex societies. In these pages, we learn that whales share an amazing ability to learn and adapt to opportunities, from s...

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Ashkenazi herbalism  by Deatra Cohen

Ashkenazi herbalism

Deatra Cohen

Book

"The definitive guide to the medicinal plant knowledge of Ashkenazi herbal healers–from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Until now, the herbal traditions of the Ashkenazi people have remained unexplored and shrouded in mystery. Ashkenazi Herbalis...

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The blue wonder  by Frauke Bagusche

The blue wonder

Frauke Bagusche

Book

"In The Blue Wonder, marine biologist and diver Frauke Bagusche brings readers on a fascinating and beautiful deep-sea dive into the ocean"--Publisher's description.

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Much ado about mothing  by James Lowen

Much ado about mothing

James Lowen

Book

"Although mostly unseen by us, moths are everywhere. And their capacity to delight astounds. Inspired by a revelatory encounter with a Poplar Hawk-moth a huge, velvety-winged wonder wrapped in silver James Lowen embarks on a year-long quest to celebrate...

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The natural history book

The natural history book

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"DK's biggest natural history book is given a fresh update. The only book to offer a complete visual survey of all Earth's kingdoms of life, plus rocks and minerals, it remains the benchmark of illustrated natural history reference. A monumental and ...

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30-second biochemistry

30-second biochemistry

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"30-Second Biochemistry presents the subjects 50 most important ideas, breaking down the proteins, carbohydrates and more to explain the science of living organisms. 30-Second Biochemistry takes 50 of the most significant ideas relating to the study of...

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A most remarkable creature  by Jonathan Meiburg

A most remarkable creature

Jonathan Meiburg

Book

"In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were tame and inquisitive, quarrelsome and passionate, and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and...

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Eloquence of the sardine  by Bill François

Eloquence of the sardine

Bill François

Book

"Bill François' Eloquence of the Sardine is a charming narrative nonfiction book about the secret lives of fishes. If we listen to the ocean, what do we hear? What can it teach us? How can it change us? Written by a marine scientist (and winner of Fr...

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The plant-hunter's atlas  by Ambra Edwards

The plant-hunter's atlas

Ambra Edwards

Book

"Travel the world with extraordinary tales of the botanical discoveries that have shaped empires, built (and destroyed) economies, revolutionised medicine and advanced our understanding of science. Circling the globe from Australia's Botany Bay to the...

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Fungi  by Peter Roberts

Fungi

Peter Roberts

Book

"Fungi introduces you to 75 fascinating fungi from around the world. Fungi are an indispensable part of the great chain of life: more than 90% of the world's plant species depend on them for their nutrition. There are believed to be about 1.5 million...

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Sentient  by Jackie Higgins

Sentient

Jackie Higgins

Book

"Sentient assembles a menagerie of zoological creatures - from land, air, sea and all four corners of the globe - to understand what it means to be human. Through their eyes, ears, skins, tongues and noses, the furred, finned and feathered reveal how...

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Light to life  by Raffael Jovine

Light to life

Raffael Jovine

Book

"Putting the Earth under a microscope, this book shines a light on one of the most powerful and unsung forces of nature... In Light to Life, biologist Raffael Jovine takes us on a journey of discovery into the intricate, beautiful and often surprisin...

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Gifts of gravity and light

Gifts of gravity and light

Book

"The changing seasons of the year are an endless source of strangeness and wonder. Gifts of Gravity and Light invites you to experience Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter through fourteen different voices. Greet the arrival of spring in East London with...

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Birds  by Mark E. Hauber

Birds

Mark E. Hauber

Book

"Birds is a beautiful introduction to 75 of our feathered friends. From the everyday birds we see in our backyards to the rare species that we might never catch a glimpse of, the world of birds is vast and varied. They can be found in every habitat on...

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The gull next door  by Marianne Taylor

The gull next door

Marianne Taylor

Book

"A uniquely personal meditation on Britain's gulls by one of today's leading wildlife writers from a distance, gulls are beautiful symbols of freedom over the oceanic wilderness. Up close, however, they can be loud, aggressive and even violent. Yet g...

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The ferals that ate Australia  by Guy Hull

The ferals that ate Australia

Guy Hull

Book

"Isolation was once the impenetrable barrier that protected Australia and its unique fauna. But a little over two hundred years ago a foreign power took possession and brought with it the foreign animals that now dominate the country's ecosystem. They...

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The 100 best birdwatching sites in Australia  by Sue (Bird watcher) Taylor

The 100 best birdwatching sites in Australia

Sue (Bird watcher) Taylor

Book

"Where can you see 400,000 breeding pairs of rockhopper penguins? Where is the best place in Australia to observe Yellow Chats? And where is the only place in Australia you can have a close encounter with nesting Lesser Noddies? Well-known birder and...

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Just like us  by Rick Quinn

Just like us

Rick Quinn

Book

"For most of his life, veterinarian Rick Quinn ignored a deep longing to meaningfully protect the endangered animals that fascinated him. Then one day, he read two magazine clippings about the great apes and knew it was time to set aside excuses and find...

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Silent Earth  by Dave Goulson

Silent Earth

Dave Goulson

Book

"Insects are essential for life as we know it. As they become more scarce, our world will slowly grind to a halt; we simply cannot function without them. Drawing on the latest ground-breaking research and a lifetime's study, Dave Goulson reveals the ...

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Tapestries of life  by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Tapestries of life

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Book

"Trees clean air and water; hoverflies and bees pollinate our crops; the kingfisher inspired the construction of high-speed trains. In Tapestries of Life, bestselling author Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson explains how closely we are all connected with the na...

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The nature of oaks  by Douglas W. Tallamy

The nature of oaks

Douglas W. Tallamy

Book

"Doug Tallamy, the New York Times bestselling author of Nature's Best Hope and Bringing Nature Home, reveals the ecological importance of the mighty oak tree. With Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy changed the conversation about gardening in America....

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World of wonders  by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

World of wonders

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Book

"From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction--a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us"--Publisher's description.

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Elegy for a river  by Tom Moorhouse

Elegy for a river

Tom Moorhouse

Book

"Water voles are small, brownish, bewhiskered and charming. Made famous by 'Ratty' in The Wind in the Willows, once they were a ubiquitous part of our waterways. They were a totem of our rivers. Now, however, they are nearly gone. This is their story,...

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Roots to seeds  by Stephen A. Harris

Roots to seeds

Stephen A. Harris

Book

"Since 1621, and the foundation of the Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford has built up an outstanding collection of plant specimens, botanical illustrations and rare books on plant classification, collecting and plant biology. These archives, and the living...

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The secret wisdom of nature  by Peter Wohlleben

The secret wisdom of nature

Peter Wohlleben

Book

"In The Secret Wisdom of Nature, master storyteller and international sensation Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. In this tour of an almost unfathomable worl...

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A world on the wing  by Scott Weidensaul

A world on the wing

Scott Weidensaul

Book

"Bird migration remains perhaps the most singularly compelling natural phenomenon in the world. Nothing else combines its global sweep with its inherent ability to engender wonder and excitement. The past two decades have seen an explosion in our und...

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Nature fast and nature slow  by Nicholas P. Money

Nature fast and nature slow

Nicholas P. Money

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"This book is a vision of biology set within the entire timescale of the universe. It is about the timing of life, from microsecond movements to evolutionary changes over millions of years. Human consciousness is riveted to seconds, but a split-second...

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Bicycling with butterflies  by Sara Dykman

Bicycling with butterflies

Sara Dykman

Book

"Outdoor educator and field researcher Sara Dykman made history when she became the first person to bicycle along­side monarch butterflies on their storied annual migration--a round-trip adventure that included three countries and more than 10,000 mi...

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The hummingbird handbook  by John Shewey

The hummingbird handbook

John Shewey

Book

"Shewey shares facts, tips, and ecological information that will help readers attract, understand, protect hummingbirds. From advice on feeders to planing and landscaping that will have your garden whirring with tiny wings, he provides all you need to...

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Planting the world  by Jordan Goodman

Planting the world

Jordan Goodman

Book

"Botany was the darling and the powerhouse of the eighteenth century. As European ships ventured across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, discovery bloomed. Bounties of new plants were brought back, and their arrival meant much more than impro...

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Desert notebooks  by Ben Ehrenreich

Desert notebooks

Ben Ehrenreich

Book

"A book about the literal and figurative end of time and what that means for us as conscious beings, Desert Notebooks looks at how both the unprecedented pace of destruction to our environment and our increasingly unstable global socio-political inst...

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Human, nature  by Ian Carter

Human, nature

Ian Carter

Book

"What does it mean to be a part of-rather than apart from-nature? This book is about how we interact with wildlife and the ways in which this can make our lives richer and more fulfilling. But it also explores the conflicts and contradictions inevitable...

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Soil  by James Matthew Evans

Soil

James Matthew Evans

Book

"What we do to the soil, we do to ourselves. Soil is the unlikely story of our most maligned resource as swashbuckling hero. A saga of bombs, ice ages and civilisations falling. Of ancient hunger, modern sicknesses and gastronomic delight. It features...

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Beachcombing  by Ceridwen Fraser

Beachcombing

Ceridwen Fraser

Book

"If you've ever walked along a beach or rocky shore and peered, poked or wondered at the things cast upon it by the waves, this book is for you. Beaches are our windows to the ocean, and the objects we find on them tell stories about life, death and ...

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Gentle and fierce  by Vanessa Berry

Gentle and fierce

Vanessa Berry

Book

"Gentle and Fierce focuses on the world of animals, and the way their presence has shaped the author's life story and her sense of self. Having spent her life in city environments, Vanessa Berry's experiences with animals have largely been through en...

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The stubborn light of things  by Melissa Harrison

The stubborn light of things

Melissa Harrison

Book

"When I lived in London I barely noticed the winter solstice. Nothing slowed, contracted or dimmed to mark the shortest day of the year, for, like all cities, London has all but left such trifling considerations behind. But now I am in Suffolk, and t...

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Beachcombing  by Ceridwen Fraser

Beachcombing

Ceridwen Fraser

Book

"If you've ever walked along a beach or rocky shore and peered, poked or wondered at the things cast upon it by the waves, this book is for you. Sea foam, ambergris, giant squid, stranded whales, seaweed, shells, plastic, dead birds, shoes and pieces...

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Shearwater  by Roger Morgan-Grenville

Shearwater

Roger Morgan-Grenville

Book

"A very personal mix of memoir and natural history from the author of Liquid Gold. Ten weeks into its life, a Manx shearwater chick will emerge from its burrow and fly 8,000 miles from the west coast of the British Isles to the South Atlantic. It will...

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Wasps  by Eric R. Eaton

Wasps

Eric R. Eaton

Book

"The ultimate visual journey into the beautiful and complex world of wasps. Wasps are far more diverse than the familiar yellowjackets and hornets that harass picnickers and build nests under the eaves of our homes. These amazing, mostly solitary cre...

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Gone  by Michael Blencowe

Gone

Michael Blencowe

Book

"A modern must-read for anyone interested in protecting our earth and its incredible wildlife, Gone tells fascinating stories of 11 extraordinary extinct animals from around the world. This is a mindful call to conserve what we have now before it is ...

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The hidden beauty of the microscopic world  by James Weiss

The hidden beauty of the microscopic world

James Weiss

Book

"The videographer behind the Journey to the Microcosmos YouTube channel (386K subscribers) James Weiss presents a beginner's guide to the extremely small and utterly strange life that surrounds us. James Weiss was feeling lost in life when he first d...

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The hummingbirds' gift  by Sy Montgomery

The hummingbirds' gift

Sy Montgomery

Book

"As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds found in nature, hummingbirds fascinate people around the world. The lightest birds in the sky, hummingbirds are capable of incredible feats, such as flying backwards, diving at speeds of sixty-one MPH,...

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Empire of ants  by Susanne Foitzik

Empire of ants

Susanne Foitzik

Book

"Ants number in the ten quadrillions, and they have been here since the Jurassic era. Inside an anthill, you'll find high drama worthy of a royal court; and between colonies, high-stakes geopolitical intrigue is afoot. Just like us, ants grow crops, ...

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Croak

Croak

Book

"Croak is a collection of delightful quotes and gorgeous photographs celebrating the underappreciated beauty of frogs. Many of the stunning, colourful images were taken by author Phil Bishop on his travels around the world. They showcase frogs in their...

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Meetings with remarkable trees  by Thomas Pakenham

Meetings with remarkable trees

Thomas Pakenham

Book

"Thomas Pakenham's beautifully illustrated, bestselling book of tree portraits. With this astonishing collection, Thomas Pakenham produced a new kind of tree book. The arrangement owes little to conventional botany. The sixty trees are grouped according...

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The circling sky  by Neil Ansell

The circling sky

Neil Ansell

Book

"In the form of several journeys, beginning in January 2019, Neil Ansell returns for solitary walks to the New Forest in Hampshire, close to where he was born. With beautiful sightings and observations of birds, trees, butterflies, insects and landscape,...

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Latitude  by Nicholas Crane

Latitude

Nicholas Crane

Book

"By knowing the shape of our earth we can create maps, survive the oceans, follow rivers, navigate the skies, and travel across the globe. This is the story of our world, of how we discovered what no one thought possible - the shape of the earth. A t...

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The biology book  by Mary Argent-Katwala

The biology book

Mary Argent-Katwala

Book

"What is life? Why do bees dance? How do animals know their mothers? Who discovered germs? Biology is the story of our quest to understand the living world and explain how its organisms work and interact whether microbes, mushrooms, or mammals. In an...

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Birdsong in a time of silence  by Steven Lovatt

Birdsong in a time of silence

Steven Lovatt

Book

"A lyrical celebration of birdsong against the backdrop of the global pandemic. A lyrical celebration of birdsong, and the rekindling of a deep passion for nature. "At this time of year, blackbirds never simply fly: instead, like reluctantly retired ...

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Ants  by Eduard Florin Niga

Ants

Eduard Florin Niga

Book

"Introduces ants, describing their life cycle, complex behavior, adaptations, life in colonies, communication skills, and problem-solving abilites, with photographs of over thirty species"--Publisher's description.

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Rare plants  by Ed Ikin

Rare plants

Ed Ikin

Book

"Rare Plants explores what makes the world's rarest plants so exceptional, and by what means they have become so scarce, telling the story of 40 rare and endangered species through exquisite botanical artworks sourced from the archives of the Royal B...

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Bird talk  by Barbara (Barbara E.) Ballentine

Bird talk

Barbara (Barbara E.) Ballentine

Book

""Bird Talk" delves into new scientific developments to reveal the complexities of how birds make, learn, and use sound in a bewildering array of songs and calls. The beauty of birdsong is one of the joys of nature, and this book reveals how songs are...

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Orcapedia  by Paul Watson

Orcapedia

Paul Watson

Book

"Orcapedia presents a sobering look at the current imprisonment of a highly intelligent, socially complex, non-threatening species - orcas - by an industry strictly for profit. Many remember the movement to release Keiko, the orca who appeared in the...

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The Amazon  by Mark J. Plotkin

The Amazon

Mark J. Plotkin

Book

"The complex ecosystem of the Amazon covers an area about the size of the continental US. Approximately one of every four flowering plant species on earth resides in the Amazon. A single Amazonian river may contain more fish species than all the rivers...

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In search of mycotopia  by Doug Bierend

In search of mycotopia

Doug Bierend

Book

"From ecology to fermentation, in pop culture and in medicine mushrooms are everywhere. With an explorer's eye, author Doug Bierend guides readers through the weird, wonderful world of fungi and the amazing modern mycological movement. In Search of M...

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Around the world in 80 plants  by Jonathan Drori

Around the world in 80 plants

Jonathan Drori

Book

"In his follow-up to the bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori takes another trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and fol...

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Do animals fall in love?  by Katharine von der Gathen

Do animals fall in love?

Katharine von der Gathen

Book

"A compendium of all the weird and wonderful ways the animal kingdom reproduces ... it covers courting rituals ... physiology ... pregnancies ... devoted fathers ... animal babies"--Back cover.

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The forager's treasury  by Johanna Knox

The forager's treasury

Johanna Knox

Book

"In the urban and rural wildernesses, there is an abundance of food just waiting to be discovered, if only you know what to look for. Foraged food is healthy, economical and sustainable, but the best part is the fun you will have finding it. This book...

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