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The book of thistles

Author: Noëlle Janaczewska
Publisher: Crawley, W.A. : UWA Publishing, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Some plants have sustained empires and sparked wars. Some have ignited public outrage. Think tea, opium, tulips - and thistles.In 1852 South Australia passed its Thistle Act, probably the first weed control legislation anywhere in the world. The word 'thistle' refers to a large and widespread group of plants. Several hundred species within the Asteraceae family, plus a bunch of other plants we call thistles - even  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noëlle Janaczewska
ISBN: 9781742588049 1742588042
OCLC Number: 988941037
Notes: Cover--"From the winner of the 2014 Windham Campbell Prize."
Description: 303 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Names --
Yellow melancholy --
Scotch thistles --
three fairytales, two quotes & a lyric --
John Parkinson's thistles --
Hardheads & woolly thinking --
Russian thistle --
Darwin's thistles --
a cautionary tale --
Law --
Illegal thistles --
Mueller's thistle pamphlet --
(What they said about) star thistles --
War --
Soldier thistle --
Killing thistles --
Afghan & other native thistles --
Food --
How to eat a thistle --
Forgotten roots --
Thistle potluck --
Eat More Thistles! --
Outliers --
African thistle --
Globe thistles --
Thistle noir --
The illustrated thistle --
Thistly Marsh.
Responsibility: Noëlle Janaczewska.

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Some plants have sustained empires and sparked wars. Some have ignited public outrage. Think tea, opium, tulips - and thistles.In 1852 South Australia passed its Thistle Act, probably the first weed control legislation anywhere in the world. The word 'thistle' refers to a large and widespread group of plants. Several hundred species within the Asteraceae family, plus a bunch of other plants we call thistles - even though technically, botanically, they're not. Google 'thistles' and many of the sites will tell you how to get rid of them. Dig a little deeper, however, and from this weedy territory other narratives begin to emerge. Part accidental memoir, part environmental history and part exploration of the performative voice on the page, The Book of Thistles is about the cultural and social life of this group of plants we call thistles.

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