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The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals by Patrick Barkham review

Richard Mabey salutes Patrick Barkham's exemplary tale of the lepidopterist's life

  • Richard Mabey
  • The Guardian,
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    Vladimir Nabokov once wrote that he loved to "drop in, as it were, on a familiar butterfly in his particular habitat, in order to see if he has emerged, and if so, how he is doing". This was an untypically chirpy remark from the doyen of literary lepidopterists, and not quite in the mood of Guardian journalist Patrick Barkham when he set out on his extraordinary odyssey.
    1. The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals
    2. by Patrick Barkham
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