Botanical Curses & Poisons: The Shadow Lives of Plants
by Fez Inkwright
978-1-912634-22-4 * £12.99 * Published 7 January 2021
From the creator of Folk Magic and Healing!
Discover the fascinating folklore, history and malignant properties of toxic plants.
‘If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’, it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.’
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Poisonings are among the most memorable deaths in history, from the Roman Empire to the Medieval era and beyond. Concealed and deliberate, it’s 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, Fez Inkwright returns to folkloric and historical archives to uncover historical uses and the fascinating, untold stories behind deadly plants,witching herbs and fungi.
Beautifully illustrated by Inkwright, this treasury of folklore is packed with insight, lore and the revealed mysteries of everyday flora – perfect for gardeners, writers, folklorists, witches and general knowledge buffs alike!
Fez Inkwright is an illustrator, author, and folklorist. Her greatest 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, UK, with two cats and several hundred bees.