A Slow Passion: Snails, My Garden and Me by Ruth Brooks

By Ruth Brooks

While BBC Radio 4's Material international programme announced a look for the UK's best novice scientist, little did somebody anticipate that the successful scan might include one in every of our humblest backyard pests. Ruth Brooks posed this question: Do snails have a homing intuition? The country used to be gripped through the unforeseen thesis and through Ruth's on-line diaries, which catalogued her trials and tribulations as she obtained to grips with those slimy little gastropods.

A gradual Passion is Ruth's tale, with anecdotes and misadventures galore. What starts off out as a ruthless vendetta opposed to the snails which are decimating her hostas turns into a trip of discovery into the whys and wherefores of snail existence.

When Ruth dumps a bunch of the worst offending snails in a far away wooden, she makes a decision to color their shells with nail varnish, simply to see what occurs. And bet what, they arrive again domestic. this can be the start of an obsession that sees the grandmother-turned-scientist prowling approximately and pouncing at the snails in her backyard, sneaking off on night-time missions to repatriate bucketloads of painted snails, examining up at the sex-life of snails (which seems to be all at once romantic) and, finally, sending off the appliance to a countrywide pageant for domestic science.

With captivating illustrations, A sluggish ardour is a candy, humorous and impressive research into the hidden lifetime of snails, in an effort to switch how you examine the smaller (and slower) issues in lifestyles.

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A Slow Passion: Snails, My Garden and Me

While BBC Radio 4's fabric international programme introduced a look for the UK's most sensible beginner scientist, little did someone anticipate that the profitable scan might contain one in all our humblest backyard pests. Ruth Brooks posed this query: Do snails have a homing intuition? The country used to be gripped via the unforeseen thesis and via Ruth's on-line diaries, which catalogued her trials and tribulations as she acquired to grips with those slimy little gastropods.

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