Fiona Stafford is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. She specialises in literature of the Romantic period (especially Wordsworth, Austen, Burns, Keats, Clare), Scottish and Irish literature, contemporary poetry, environmental humanities and nature writing, literature and the visual arts. In addition to academic books and essays, she contributes to newspapers, literary magazines, art books, Radio 3's The Essay and collections of nature writing. She is the author of The Long, Long Life of Trees, and Jane Austen: A Brief Life.
A glowing account of the myths and meanings we impose on flowers . . . a book to reread and treasure - Sunday TimesA captivating new book that explores our fascination with flowers . . . A delight - Daily MailBotanical miscellanies are not thin on the ground but few, if any, offer prose as cultured, scrupulous and engaging - The Spectator