Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa, Mark Seal’s new biography of African naturalist Joan Root, gets the thumbs up in a USA Today review, which called it “fascinating.” All libraries we checked have copies on hand, with some reserves.

Born in 1936 to a British coffee-planter, Root was a white Kenyan completely at home in the wild. She married the wildlife filmmaker Alan Root in 1960 and colloborated with him until their relationship fell apart in 1982. Afterward, she began to challenge the commercial flower industry that encroached on her home on Lake Naivasha in Kenya’s Happy Valley – prompting Seal’s theory that her environmental efforts may have provoked her 2006 murder, for which no one has been convicted.

According to USA Today,

The best aspect of Wildflower is Seal’s ability to pull various elements into a compelling narrative: the personal love story. The physical splendor of Africa and its endangered wildlife. And the desperate Africans living on a dollar a day, their poverty and lethal tribal conflicts legacies from European colonial policies.

Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa
Mark Seal
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2009-05-26)
ISBN / EAN: 1400067367 / 9781400067367

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