About this book
A cultural history of plants in the wrong place, by one of Britain's most admired nature writers, author of "Flora Britannica" and "Birds Britannica". It won the National Trust Book Award, and is a perfect gift for nature lovers and armchair gardeners. 'The nation's favourite nature writer.' "Sunday Telegraph"
Ever since the first human settlements 10,000 years ago, weeds have dogged our footsteps. They are there as the punishment of 'thorns and thistles' in "Genesis" and, two millennia later, as a symbol of "Flanders Field". The author examines how we have tried to define them, explain their persistence, and draw moral lessons from them.