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Chris Thorogood is a botanist at the University of Oxford. He studied parasitic plant biology for his PhD at the University of Bristol where he then worked as a postdoctoral researcher. He currently studies the flora of the western Mediterranean basin and has a particular interest in parasitic plant speciation. He is the author of Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean (Kew Publishing, 2016) which was shortlisted for the Garden Media Guild award in 2016, and co-author of Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve (Kew Publishing, 2014).


"[Thorogood] has been making a name for himself as the kind of botanist that can engage nearly anyone in plants . . . His latest book, Weird Plants, is a case in point. Lavishly illustrated by Thorogood (who loves depicting botanical oddities as much as he does finding them), the book offers an intriguing and accessible insight into plants such as rafflesia, hydnora and welwitschia, which continue to fascinate plant biologists to this day."--The Daily Telegraph
"A boldly illustrated and showy collection of plant marvels such as this can be a very effective way to engage readers of all ages. It also serves as an excellent reminder of why more experienced botanists might have gotten interested in the field. Every reader will have to engage the question: What makes something 'weird'? Perhaps it simply captures the imagination or maybe it deeply stirs that fundamental mystery in our soul. Either way, while happily lost in the world of Weird Plants, the reader is allowed to anthropomorphize wildly--to image a constellation of plant motives and personalities battling it out for survival."--Economic Botany

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