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A magical botanical adventure: a writer's journey in search of the mystery of the Lotus, sacred flower of religions from Egypt to Japan.

The lotus is the world's most iconic flower. Galvanised by receiving seeds from a three-thousand-year-old lotus, which flowered without difficulty in an English summer, Mark Griffiths set out to track the path of this sublime plant to its home in the Lotus-Lands of Japan. The Lotus Quest unveils a stunning vision of Japan's feudal era, as Griffiths visits shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes, and meets priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and artists, and even dines on the lotus in a Tokyo café. Beautifully illustrated, intensely atmospheric and full of suspense, The Lotus Quest shows how the deep crimson of the lotus runs like a tracer dye, tracking the spread, fusion and fission of the world's great civilizations.

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With masterly precision, Griffiths traces the botanical, cultural, religious and artistic lore of the lotus from Japan to Egypt to India and to the West

The Times

A splendid account

Sunday Times

Full of interesting references

Stephen Anderton, The Times, Christmas books

Beautifully written and full of human drama and suspense

Sunday Telegraph

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    9781446484562

    August 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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    9781845951009

    June 1, 2010

    Vintage

    352 pages

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