Tuesday, 22 March 2016
The Military Orchid
Brooke grew up in Kent in the early 20th century, living on the coast just west of Folkestone. He was a precocious boy, and took to the study of wild flowers readily, although by his own admission, he was really interested in orchids.
The book reads as a highly chatty field notebook, written with a flowing ease that makes this book a delight to spend time with. That the places and species that he mentions are well-known to me only adds to the experience. I'm not far into the books, but such is the joy I thought it only right to suggest that visitors to this blog secure a copy. Brooke was obviously a complicated individual, finding social situations difficult, and I believe that the later books (they are all based on his life) reveal that his sexual orientation was out of kilter with what was seen as acceptable at the time. Another book that makes me very aware that there are so many others out there that I will never be exposed to but for the recommendation of friends. Thanks Pete!