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Please visit our Book Bulletin 2019 crowdfunding project at CrowdPatch to buy recommendations for our Winter 2019 catalogue and to volunteer your skills, experience and contacts. All funds raised will support not-for-profit Jolabokaflod CIC’s forthcoming programme of events.

Orchid Fever
Eric Hansen
(UK: Methuen Publishing, @MethuenandCo, 2001; USA: Vintage, @VintageAnchor, 2001)

A true story of one of the world’s strangest plants and humanity’s oddest obsessions: the orchid, brought to book by the author, traveller and self-confessed orchid obsessive. From the Orinoco River to the hothouses of Kew, and the clandestine nurseries of Europe to the peat bogs of Minnesota, this is a dark and humorous tale of orchid smugglers, ice-cream makers and visionary breeders; of corruption, murder and moths with 12-inch tongues; and of the vicious, bizarre world of international plant politics and the wide range of gentle people whose overriding passion is the cultivation of these beautiful, fragile flowers.

UK: Bookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Hive | Waterstones
USA: NewPages (independents) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Hummingbird (ebooks and audiobooks) (independents) | Amazon | Indigo
India: Bookstores in India (independents) | Amazon | Flipkart | GoodreadsSapnaOnline
IrelandBookshop Search (independents) | Amazon | Eason | Kennys
Australia: (independents) | Amazon | Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Dymocks
New Zealand: Find a Bookshop (independents) | Amazon | DymocksWhitcoulls
South Africa: Bookshops (independents) | Amazon | Exclusive Books
Rest of the world: Book DepositoryWordery

Recommended by:
Rob Morris, Silversmith and Owner, Front Jewellery: at the inaugural Jolabokaflod Gala Party

Rob is a hands-on craftsman of different and original handmade jewellery. His talented hands touch every single gold or silver design that he creates. Rob finds inspiration from many sources, so uses a huge variety of styles on the Front Jewellery website and in his workshop and gallery in Whitstable, Kent. The gallery not only allows Rob to show and sell his own work but also to help up to 10-12 other designer/makers have an outlet.