Reaktion’s new ‘Botanical’ series is the first of its kind, integrating horticultural and botanical writing with a broader account of the cultural and social impact of plants. In that sense, the South African geranium (the enduring, if confusing, common name for the genus Pelargonium) is perhaps the perfect plant to inaugurate the series. The Telegraph gave it 4 stars. Read the review here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/9870702/Geranium-by-Kasia-Boddy-review.html
Winner of the British Association of American Studies Book Prize 2008 Winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2008 Shortlisted for the British Sports Book Award 2008 http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/book.html?id=312#
Picturing Tropical Nature reflects on the work of several nineteenth- and twentieth-century scientists and artists, including Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Louis Agassiz, Sir Patrick Manson and Margaret Mee.
Film and music belong together; classics like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) and Mike Nichols’ The Graduate (1967) are renowned for their brilliant soundtracks. But what exactly is ‘film music?’ Does music act as an accompaniment to the ‘film’, or is film an illustration of the music, or are the two inseparable? http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/book.html?id=308# Click to see larger version.
A concise yet comprehensive new account, Charles Bukowski will be of interest to those already fans of this influential figure and an invaluable introduction to those new to his work. http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/book.html?id=567#