I have two beautiful books to tell you about today! Whilst officially this is the blog tour for Botanical Curses and Poisons by Fez Inkwright, it would be remiss of me not to tell you about Folk Magic and Healing at the same time. Many thanks to Fez and Liminal 11 for providing me with copies of both books, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour.
BLURB: BOTANICAL CURSES AND POISONS – THE SHADOW LIVES OF PLANTS
Discover the fascinating folklore, lurid histories, and malignant properties of toxic plants.
Poisonings are among the most memorable deaths in history, from the Roman Empire, to the Medieval era and beyond. Concealed and deliberate, it is a crime that must be planned in advance. And yet there is a fine line between healing and poisoning – Paracelsus argued that only the dosage matters.
In Botanical Curses and Poisons, illustrator, author and folklorist Fez Inkwright returns to archives to uncover the fascinating folklore, lurid histories, and untold stories behind deadly plants, witching herbs and fungi.
Filled with beautiful illustrations, this treasury of folklore is packed with insight, lore, and the revealed mysteries of everyday flora!
BLURB: FOLK MAGIC AND HEALING – AN UNUSUAL HISTORY OF EVERYDAY PLANTS
A book of the folklore, history and healing properties of common plants.
Throughout history, plants have played a key and vital role to our existence. Many of the old wives’ tales about plants were created to spread knowledge of their medicinal and nutritional properties, and many have become entwined with stories of local spirits, deities, and more ancient legends.
Folk Magic and Healing is, ultimately, a collection of many of these beliefs, aiming to inspire a greater appreciation of our wild plants and countrysides.
This stunningly illustrated treasury of the folklore of flora is packed with insight, lore and the revealed mysteries of everyday plants – perfect for gardeners, writers, folklorists, witches and general knowledge buffs alike.
I read a lot on my Kindle these days, but some books just demand to be touched and to be held. Everything about this book duo, from the gorgeous covers and illustrations right down to the quality and feel of the paper is just beautiful. These elements add up to books that feel like they have been handed down through the ages, a kind of grimoire passed from generation to generation. I heartily recommend buying them both as they make a stunning pair.
As a writer, I spend a lot of time looking at books for research purposes, and because of the theme of the books I am writing, I have amassed quite a stack of books about plants and their uses in healing and poisons. Fez Inkwright’s books have quickly become firm favourites in my collection.
Botanical Curses and Poisons covers everything from the history of poisoning and witchcraft, to a comprehensive A-Z of plants, from apple to yew and everything in-between, some that will be familiar to you and others that won’t. Inkwright has included facts about the nature of the poison and the plant, alongside anecdotes and tales from ancient civilisations and mythology. In Folk Magic and Healing, we learn about the magic of plants, different forms of preparation, and look at plants from agrimony and back to yew.
I love the literary and poetic quotes at the start of each plant’s section. The inclusion of these just serves to add to the magical feel of these wonderful books. They are absolutely fascinating and very easy to read. As I read each of them, I was buzzing with inspiration for how I could incorporate each plant into my book, and I can’t wait to dive back in to writing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Fez Inkwright is an illustrator, author and folklorist. Her great passions are botany, nature, primitive religions, and folklore, which flavour most of her work. For the past eight years she has produced work for children’s books, hand-drawn maps and tattoo design and now spends her time indulging in conservation work and writing. She lives in Bristol with two cats and several hundred bees.
Make sure you visit the other blogs taking part in the tour for more on this stunning books.