• The best books on Botany - The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination by Richard Mabey
  • The best books on Botany - The Brief Life of Flowers by Fiona Stafford
  • The best books on Botany - Glasshouse Greenhouse: Haarkon's world tour of amazing botanical spaces by India Hobson & Magnus Edmondson
  • The best books on Botany - The Playground of the Far East by Walter Weston
  • The best books on Botany - Life in the Forests of the Far East by Spenser St. John

The best books on Botany, recommended by Chris Thorogood

In the face of climate change and widespread extinction, there has never been a more important time to study plant science, says Chris Thorogood – author of Pathless Forest: The Quest to Save the World’s Largest Flowers. Here he recommends five of his favourite books on botany, including historical accounts of plant exploration and a beautiful photobook profiling the world’s most impressive botanical gardens.

  • The best books on Longevity - Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don't Have To by David A. Sinclair
  • The best books on Longevity - Eat Like the Animals: What Nature Teaches us About the Science of Healthy Eating by David Raubenheimer & Stephen Simpson
  • The best books on Longevity - The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable by Suzana Herculano-Houzel
  • The best books on Longevity - Long for this World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner
  • The best books on Longevity - Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock

The best books on Longevity, recommended by Steven Austad

The promises of potions or techniques to achieve longevity have been with us since time immemorial, the outlandishness of some claims matched only by our willingness to believe them. And, yet, today’s scientific research does give some clues on how to live longer and healthier lives. Biologist Steven Austad, Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research at the University of Alabama, recommends a range of books that give insight into longevity.