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Summary

We see grass everyday, tread on it, maybe handle, smell, or plant it. But how many of us notice it - let alone appreciate its amazing presence and resilience, and the way it someway holds our planet together? It’s everywhere, the amazing secret mystery, too little known, that we so seldom recognise.

This engaging audiobook is the first to reveal the full picture. It tells of the marvellously complex evolution of grass, the incredible number of species (did you know that bamboo and sugar-cane are forms of grass, and that three kinds of grass make up the major food of humans and the grazing ("grass"-eating) of innumerable animals?), leading us on into some appreciation of the abiding necessity of grass for humanity, for nature and for the arts. It has a place in folklore too, and in poetry.

David Campbell Callender was an Irish naturalist who trod gently on the Earth, watched the stars, and counted the flights of birds. His name (adapted) is used here in homage to her gentle grandfather by the best seller multi-award British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan.

An audiobook to give and to treasure.

©2019 Ruth Finnegan (P)2021 Ruth Finnegan

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“In an easy-to-read, well-informed style, David Campbell Callender introduces the reader to the world of grass, and its uses from agriculture to medicine, cooking to construction; its association with mythology, symbolism and the arts; its importance to our wellbeing and well just so much more. After reading this book, I am quite sure that next time you eat a bucket of popcorn, or chop up a piece of lemon grass for a Thai curry, you will stop just for a moment and contemplate on one of the most extraordinary plant families on the planet - and the significance of the colour green. I know I will.” (Hilary Macmillan, Consultant Head of Communications, Vincent Wildlife Trust)

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