Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies

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A uniquely personal look about butterflies and about the people who love them -- which, surely, is most of us.
   Much more than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies. Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non-naturalists alike. In this uniquely eloquent and deeply personal book, naturalist Peter Marren explores the special place that butterflies hold in our hearts, in our cultural lives and in our imagination and recalls his own lifetime's obsession with these ephemeral creatures
   Rainbow Dust is a celebration of butterflies; one shot through with a sense of wonder but also of sorrow at what we are losing.

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About the Author:

PETER MARREN is a prize-winning wildlife writer, journalist and authority on invertebrate folklore and names. He is the co-author with Richard Mabey of Bugs Britannica.

Review:

"A scholarly and captivating excursion into the history of natural history, further enlivened by vivid portraits of some of the butterfly enthusiasts of the past" -- Michael McCarthy Independent "Never again will this reader, at least, take a butterfly for granted... Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, Rainbow Dust is a truly marvellous book" -- Sophia Waugh, 5 stars Telegraph "In Peter Marren Britain's butterflies have found their champion. Is Rainbow Dust worth a flutter? Oh, absolutely" -- John Lewis-Stempel The Times "[A] superbly distilled statement on our national obsession with butterflies" -- Mark Cocker Spectator "Whether you know a lot or a little about butterflies, this is an essential read" -- Peter Forbes Independant

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