A Rum Affair

A True Story of Botanical Fraud

By Karl Sabbagh

Foreword by Adam Nicholson

Format: Multiple Formats

A true story of botanical fraud on the isle of Rum.

Availability: In stock

Product Name Price Qty
Paperback

RRP: £9.99

Price: £9.99

Special Price £8.99

-
+

Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

Product Description

Details

In the 1940s, the eminent British botanist John Heslop Harrison proposed a controversial theory: that vegetation on the islands off the west coast of Scotland had survived the last Ice Age. His premise flew in the face of what most botanists believed - that no plants had survived the 10,000-year period of extreme cold. But Heslop Harrison had proof - the plants and grasses found on the isle of Rum.Harrison didn't anticipate, however, an amateur botanist called John Raven, who boldly questioned whether these grasses were truly indigenous to the area, or whether they had been transported there. This is the story of what happened when a tenacious amateur set out to find out the truth, and how he uncovered a most extraordinary fraud.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 20 Jun 2016
SKU 9781780273860-grouped
Number of Pages 288

Customer Reviews

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

Press Reviews

'An exciting scientific detective story' - Times Literary Supplement; 'A breezy ride ... informative and amusing' - Washington Post Book World

You may also like