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Reaktion Books
01 May 2005
Series: Animal Series
In Oyster, literary historian and radio broadcaster Rebecca Stott tells the extraordinary story of the oyster and its pearl, revealing how this curious creature has been used and depicted in human culture and what it has variously meant to those who have either loved or loathed it: the Romans carried much-sought-after British oysters across the Alps on the backs of donkeys to be eaten as delicacies at banquets in Rome, whilst by contrast Woody Allen once famously said 'I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead'.
By:   Rebecca Stott
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   413g
ISBN:   9781861892218
ISBN 10:   1861892217
Series:   Animal Series
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 May 2005
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rebecca Stott is Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, and is the author and co-author of many books including The Fabrication of the Late Victorian Femme Fatale (1992), Darwin and the Barnacle (2003) and Theatres of Glass: The Woman who Brought the Sea to the City (2003).

Reviews for Oyster

'Her well-researched Oyster dazzles with its breadth of details and observations' - Gastronomica 'This fascinating, beautifully produced and illustrated account is based on worldwide scholarship with some pretty saucy stuff ... Altogether, this is a succulent little book. Tuck in!' - Country Life '[Stott's] biography of the bivalve is a worthy addition to the canon' - The Independent 'This addictive book gives the oyster its cultural, historical, scientific and nutritional due' - The Times 'The book is full of great facts, quirky stories and the obligatory - but in this case entertaining - chapter on seduction' - Delicious 'Part of Reaktion's superb animal series, Stott's book doesn't disappoint. Intelligently written and lavishly illustrated, Oyster is a feast for the eyes and mind' - Guardian 'this fascinating book will appeal to oyster lovers around the world. Try reading it with a glass of white wine or Guinness to hand.' - The Elite of Europe magazine


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