The Forgiveness of Nature: The Story of Grass

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Jonathan Cape, 2001 - Nature - 371 pages
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Almost a quarter of the earth's land surface is grassland. Grass feeds us and it brings us joy: to step on grass is temporarily to leave civilisation, to be free.In his brilliant new book, Graham Harvey explores the world of grass from every possible perspective. He explains its role in the history of Britain and America (and indeed of Man himself), elaborates in minute and fascinating detail the botany of a grass field or lawn, talks to the grounds men of Wimbledon and West Ham, explores the ornate history of the lawn-mower and the minutiae of cattle-breeding, surveys the fascinating development of municipal parks. Above all, though, the author of the classic polemic The Killing of the Countryside issues a clarion call for sound husbandry in agriculture, for an end to the destruction of farmland fertility by chemicals, and a return to older, better ways.

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Contents

The Enduring Passion
1
People of the Grass
20
Travellers on the Wind
40
Copyright

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Graham Harvey is a scriptwriter and the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers. His first book, The Killing of the Countryside, has become a classic.

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