• Botanical Curses and Poisons

  • The Shadow-Lives of Plants
  • By: Fez Inkwright
  • Narrated by: Leslie Howard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover the folklore and history of our most toxic plants.

"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!

©2021 Fez Inkwright (P)2021 Tantor

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The narrator is way too breathy and over dramatic for my taste. She mispronounces a lot of words, I wish she would have at least googled the once not in English. The book is very disorganised as well, though there is some interesting information

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a delightfully wicked read

I found this a fantastic read. I enjoy a good folk lore lesson with my plant biology. highly recommend for anyone looking to spice up their botanical knowledge or expand their spell list.

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  • Bean
  • 06-10-22

Questionable content...

I really enjoyed listening to this book and the mythology amd folklore parts were great! The trouble was with some of the factual content. I spotted a number of mistakes and I'm no botanist, so how many more were there that I missed! so, great fun, but don't rely on it a source of factual information!

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  • Cameron
  • 07-13-22

wonderfully informative

well narrated
description of each plant includes folklore, history and explanations of the the poison within the plant.
great book for the curious and the hedge witch alike.

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