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    Jocelyn Brooke(Author) Gavin Bone(Illustrator) Stephen Bone(Illustrator) Horatio Clare(Introduction)&1more

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Jocelyn Brooke's love affair with wild flowers and home-made fireworks began when he was growing up in Kent and exploring the countryside of the the Elham Valley. But there was one particular flower, especially rare and beautiful which became an obsession. Over three decades and through two world wars, in the deserts of Libya and the woodlands of Italy, in the chalk downs of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, he searched continually for his most beloved and elusive Orchis militaris, the military orchid.Against the backdrop of his quintessentially English upbringing and his army career, with ts wonderful cast of snobbish neighbours, eccentric public school teachers and bullish staff sergeants, Jocelyn Brooke blends memoir, botany and satire to recall his lifelong quest.The Military Orchid is a comic masterpiece and became widely revered: Kingsley Amis decribed Brooke as "brilliant and exciting", John Betjeman called him "as subtle as the devil", and to Anthony Powell he was "one of the most interesting and talented" writers to emerge after the Second World War.

A memoir from career military man Brooke, who after his grueling service in WWII, decides to rejoin, unsatisfied with civilian life. . . . Thoughtful and recommended. -- Midwest Book Review "Midwest Book Review"

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  • By Ruth on 30 May 2014

    Like all of the books in the Little Toller series that I have read so far, this book is beautifully written, gentle and evocative. One cannot help but share Brooke's passion for the pursuit of the elusive Military Orchid and the characters and places he comes across in his journey. This book is not about facts or figures, but about the author's pure, almost childlike, love of his subject - the orchid.


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