A Rum Affair: A True Story Of Botanical Fraud. – Review

A Rum Affair: A True Story Of Botanical Fraud. – Review – book review

Eric Powell

A RUM AFFAIR: A TRUE STORY OF BOTANICAL FRAUD Karl Sabbagh Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24.

In the 1940s, respected professor John Heslop Harrison astonished British botanists with his discovery of nonnative grasses on Scotland’s Isle of Rum. John Raven, a young Cambridge don, challenged the findings and eventually proved that Harrison had smuggled the grasses onto the island. A poignant and sometimes comic tale of out-of-control ambition.

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