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Daffodil: Biography of a Flower

By Helen O'Neill



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Author Helen O'Neill
Binding Hardback
Date published April 2016
Number of pages 240
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
ISBN / Item No. 9780732299200


The beautiful daffodil has been many things to many people over time. It is the first flower of spring, an inspiration to poets, a treasure-trove to scientists and a symbol of everything from unrequited love, rebirth, eternal life and misfortune.

Award-winning author Helen O’Neill tells the story of the daffodil through its narrative of progress from superstition and myth, taking in politics, greed, religion, science, chance, redemption and love.

Today, the daffodil is a recognised flower worldwide to raise funds for cancer research and through Helen’s writing brings together a story of hope and how the daffodil can represent a welcoming light to overcome any darkness.

This book is stunningly illustrated with photographs, paintings and prints of the spectacular flower we admire so much today.

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