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  • Fluid and highly readable, Fencing Paradise is environmentally aware, but never preachy. Mabey dips into a broad pool of offer a panoramic depiction of our attempts to tame nature, and a cautionary vision of the possible consequences.

    The Daily Telegraph
  • Mabey's lucid and very erudite "pot-pourri of responses, recollections and free associations" was sparked off by three seasons' worth of visits to the Eden Project. The ambitious scale of that massive hothouse umbrella is reflected in the breadth of his contemplation.

    Independent on Sunday
  • A remarkable, beautifully written, exquisite book on botanical and ecological ideas, inspired by visits to the Eden Project. Subtitled "The Uses and Abuses of Plants", it's a gem.

    The Bookseller
  • A terrific's an engaging compendium of plant chat and history.

    Catherine Shoard, The Evening Standard
  • The author structures his book with a journey through the biotopia of the Eden Project in Cornwall, from where he darts off in history and geography to offer sparkling mini-essays on specific herbs and plants and more general matters botanical and ecological.

    Steven Poole, Guardian

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