Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Bibliophilia: The Poison Diaries by Jane Northumberland

The Poison Diaries – Jane Northumberland

A delightfully twisted gothic tale and also an education in toxic botany. The story of an apprentice to an evil old apothecary, who the plants in a poison garden speak to. They each have a distinct voice and teach him of their powers, and how to use them to kill his cruel master. The illustrations by Colin Stimpson are fantastic, and inspired in me at least some ideas for a tattoo sleeve. If you liked Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, this might well be up your alley.

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