Kasia Boddy teaches American literature at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Boxing: A Cultural History, The American Short Story Since 1950, and Geranium. She lives in Cambridge, UK.
From the meaning of carnations in Sex and the City to the use of sunflowers in the cleanup of Chernobyl, from Henry VIII's ban on saffron dye in Ireland to the modernist reinventions of roses, this is no ordinary flower book, and Kasia Boddy is no ordinary writer. -Ali Smith, author of Spring Unlike any book I have read on flowers. We get a superb range of cultural information and imagery from ancient times right through to the very modern, and from all parts of the world. Fascinating. -Margaret Willes, author of The Gardens of the British Working Class There is no doubt that anyone perusing the pages will view afresh the blooming flowers in their garden ... A compelling, contextualising tapestry written with both vivacity and analytical rigour. -Chris Beardshaw, Garden Designer and Broadcaster