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  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446484562
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

The Lotus Quest

In Search of the Sacred Flower




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.

  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446484562
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Mark Griffiths

Mark Griffiths is one of Britain's leading plant experts. He is Editor of The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening, the largest work on horticulture ever published, and the author or editor of numerous other books on gardening and botany. A Fellow of the Linnean Society, he has written regularly for The Times and now contributes to Country Life. He lives in Oxford.

Praise for The Lotus Quest

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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