In celebration of Earth Day on 22nd April, Yale University Press London staff choose their favourite books on theme of nature.
April’s Staff Pick – Nature Inside
Julie Hrischeva, Editor, Art and Architecture, recommends Nature Inside: Plants and Flowers in the Modern Interior by Penny Sparke
Renowned design historian Penny Sparke branches out (excuse the pun) with Nature Inside, a richly illustrated history of the introduction of plants and flowers into the modern interior from the Victorian era to the present day. Alongside an examination of the instrumental use of plants in a commercial context, in the workplace, and in modern interior design, Penny also considers their therapeutic use in the domestic interior, touching upon environmental concerns, and, most interestingly, the concept of plant sentience and agency.
James Williams, Academic Marketing Manager, recommends Nature’s Giants: The Biology and Evolution of the World’s Largest Lifeforms by Graeme D. Ruxton
In the beautifully illustrated Nature’s Giants, biologist Graeme Ruxton explains why the giant plants and animals of nature came to be so large. At the last New Scientist Live event, this book was incredibly popular on the Yale stand, particularly among school children – the answer to one of the quiz questions on their science hunt could be found in the book (Q: What were the largest land mammals ever? A: Sauropods).