0

Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett

A global exploration of how we harvest and exploit the world's natural bounty - from edible birds' nests to sea silk - Strange Harvests is perfect for readers of Robert Macfarlane and Andrea Wulf

'Exceptional...a subtle, fascinating braiding of travel, cultural and natural history... It is a pleasure and an education to journey with Posnett in these pages' ROBERT MACFARLANE

In a centuries-old tradition, farmers in north-western Iceland scour remote coastal plains for the down of nesting eider ducks. High inside a cast cave in Borneo, men perched on rickety ladders collect swiftlets' nests, a delicacy believed to be a cure for almost anything.

These luxury products are two of the seven natural wonders whose stories Harvest tells- eiderdown, vicuna wool, sea silk, vegetable ivory, civet coffee, guano and edible birds' nests. It follows their journey from the wildest parts of the planet, traversing Iceland, Indonesia, and Peru, to its urban centres, drawing on the voices of the gatherers, shearers and entrepreneurs who harvest, process and trade them.

Blending interviews, history and travel writing, Harvest sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape, and makes us see the world with wonder, curiosity and new concern.

(Previously published as Harvest)

Buy Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781784703028
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 129mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Aug-2020
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects book by Edward Posnett and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


A Preview for this title is currently not available.