Professor Mahood now brings to bear her immense experience as a scholar and a writer to describe and discuss Clare's mention of plants, in a book that is both a wonderful series of concise essays and an invaluable reference source for lovers of Clare, poetry, flowers, wildlife and the natural world. Ordered according to the latest system of classification, 'A John Clare Flora' is fully indexed by both scientific and common names, including those used by Clare, so that every reference to plants in his writings may easily be found. The entries are also tied to the best editions of Clare's poetry and prose.
'A John Clare Flora' is, as Richard Mabey notes in his insightful foreword, a 'remarkable volume ... which somehow contrives to be both magisterial and intimate', as well as providing 'a manifesto' for those interested in preserving the rich variety of plant-life in this country.
M. M. Mahood is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kent