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Botanical Curses and Poisons

The Shadow-Lives of Plants

By Fez Inkwright (Author)


Format Hardcover


Botanical Curses and Poisons

The Shadow-Lives of Plants

by Fez Inkwright



Barnes and Noble Indiebound
Discover the folklore and history of our most toxic plants through this beautifully produced, gorgeously illustrated compendium.
 “If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison,’ it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland  

In both history and fiction, some of the most dramatic, notorious deaths have been through poisonings. Concealed and deliberate, it’s a crime that requires advance planning and that for many centuries could go virtually undetected. And yet there is a fine line between healing and killing: the difference lies only in the dosage! In Botanical Curses and Poisons, Fez Inkwright returns to folkloric and historical archives to reveal the fascinating, untold stories behind a variety of lethal plants, witching herbs, and funghi. Going from A to Z, she covers everything from apple (think of the poisoned fruit in “Snow White”) and the hallucinogenic angel’s trumpet to laurel, which emits toxic fumes, to oleander (a deadly ornamental shrub), with each plant beautifully illustrated by the author herself. This enthralling treasury is packed with insight, lore, and the revealed mysteries of everyday flora—including the prevalence of poisoning in ancient Rome, its use in religion and magic, and common antidotes—making this perfect for gardeners, writers, folklorists, witches, and scientists alike!


Fez Inkwrightis an illustrator and author with a passion and knowledge of botany, nature, primitive religions, and folklore. She has produced work for children’s books, created hand-drawn maps, and designed tattoos. She lives in Bristol, England.

Pub Date: 2/16/2021

ISBN: 9781912634224

Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 224 pages, b-w illus. throughout

Trim: 5.813 x 8.25 Inches

Territories: US/Can


Publisher: Liminal 11