Through a series of sharp, darkly humorous letters, a well-seasoned devil imparts wisdom and user-friendly tricks to his nephew Wormwood, who is still naive about the process of tempting and corrupting the hearts and minds of human beings. As a premise, this would be merely clever or gimmicky, but in C. S. Lewis’ hands, the book is something thought-provoking and so knowing it may shake you awake – while laughing.
A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.
Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, bestselling author Stewart provides an account of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.