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The Missing Musk

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529355987

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 11th May 2023

Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure / Natural History

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‘Utterly fascinating and intriguing’
NEIL ANSELL, author of The Last Wilderness

‘Captivating’
LEE SCHOFIELD, author of Wild Fell

‘A joyful celebration’
LEV PARIKIAN, author of Into the Tangled Bank

‘A perfect mix of whodunnit and wonder’
JAMES ALDRED, author of Goshawk Summer

To the Victorians, the musk plant was prized for its intoxicating perfume. Yet in 1913 all the musk plants in the world suddenly stopped smelling.

Unable to resist the lure of the mystery, Bob Gilbert turns detective. From the London Underground to Scotland’s Pentland Hills, from uncovering a possible murder to confronting the unsettling silence of the yew tree, The Missing Musk mixes history, nature writing and science to uncover the truth behind six of nature’s great enigmas.

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A brilliantly researched investigation into some of nature's most enduring mysteries. Never less than utterly fascinating and intriguing
Neil Ansell, author of THE LAST WILDERNESS
The Missing Musk is a joyful celebration of intelligent curiosity. Absorbing, fascinating, and a positive invitation to explore the natural world around us
Lev Parikian, author of INTO THE TANGLED BANK
Impeccably researched and endlessly fascinating, The Missing Musk is a captivating dive into the mysteries of nature
Lee Schofield, author of WILD FELL
PRAISE FOR GHOST TREES
A joyous hymn to the urban wild
Patrick Barkham, author of <i>Wild Green Wonders</i>
Profoundly uplifting
Guardian
Lyrical and beautifully evocative . . . A delight
BBC Countryfile Magazine
Gilbert weaves his vast knowledge lightly and shares it engagingly and entertainingly
Caught by the River
Meticulously researched, thought-provoking and enlightening, The Missing Musk is a perfect mix of whodunnit and wonder for the natural world. A truly unique, fun and inspirational book that dispels common myths without detracting from the wonder of its subject
James Aldred, author of GOSHAWK SUMMER
Brimful of fascinating observations and beautifully written, this is a wonderfully engaging book
Simple Things Magazine
The Missing Musk is not really about finding answers, but challenging the systems that govern our thinking . . . we are asked to celebrate the "confusions and contradictions" of nature, acknowledging what we cannot know while valuing all perspectives, from the metaphysical to the biological
Kate Simpson, Times Literary Supplement