The orchid outlaw

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Ten years ago, Ben Jacob turned outlaw to save our rarest flowers. This is his story. Obsessed by orchids since childhood, Ben spent his twenties travelling to far-flung jungles to see them in the wild. Returning to the UK, he was entranced to discover our fifty-one native species and their exotic stories: the Bee whose flower looks (and smells) so much like one that even bees are fooled, the Ghost which exists without direct sunlight, and the Autumn Lady’s-tresses that helped Darwin work out his theory of evolution.

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LONGLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE & SHORTLISTED FOR THE RICHARD JEFFERIES AWARD

‘One man’s fascinating mission to save the great British orchid’ Mail on Sunday

‘Noble work in a time of great change’ New Statesman

Ben Jacob is the Orchid Outlaw. In the dead of night, armed with a torch and a trowel, he risks everything, climbing into building sites to rescue Britain’s rarest flowers from extinction. At once a memoir, a natural history and an inspiring manifesto for a better future, The Orchid Outlaw shows how we can all save our disappearing natural world, one plant at a time.

‘A vivid love letter to Britain’s orchids . . . Ben Jacob breaks all the rules with enormous success’ FRANCIS PRYOR

‘Unorthodox and precious’ Financial Times

‘Enchanting’ Country Life

‘A fearless battle and a lifelong passion . . . find out why Ben Jacob has risked heavy fines and even prison to save our endangered orchids’ Observer

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Weight 0.24 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.6 × 2.4 cm
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