The Military Orchid

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Originally published: London: Bodley Head, 1948.
Jocelyn Brooke's love affair with wild flowers and home-made fireworks began when he was growing up in Kent. But there was one particular flower, especially rare and beautiful, which became an obsession. Over three decades and through two world wars, in the deserts of Libya and the woodlands of Italy, in the chalk downs of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, he searched continually for his most beloved and elusive Orchis militaris, the military orchid. Jocelyn Brooke blends memoir, botany and satire to recall this lifelong quest. The Military Orchid is a comic masterpiece and became widely revered: Kingsley Amis described Brooke as 'brilliant and exciting', John Betjeman called him 'as subtle as the devil', and to Anthony Powell he was 'one of the most interesting and talented' writers to emerge after the Second World War. First published 1948 by The Bodley Head.
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Weight 0.000000
Author Brooke, Jocelyn
Availability IP
Department Literature
Edition New ed
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781908213051
Pages 152
Published 15/01/2012
Publisher Little Toller Books
Section Literature
Series Nature Classics Library
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