"[A] remarkable book... so vivid and expressive is Dunn's prose"
The Sunday Times
"Wonderfully vivid... a beautifully written celebration of these mysterious and endangered plants"
"A book rich with orchids and their subjects... A wonderful book"
Robert Macfarlane, author of The Lost Words and The Wild Places
“Dunn's writing is assured and reflective. He has a painterly eye for colour terms and seems especially fond of them … The considered descriptions slow the reader's pace and engage the imagination … To be guided by Jon Dunn in such a pursuit is a pleasure”
Times Literary Supplement
"[a] wonderful... intoxicating blend of nature quest, cultural history and science"
BBC Wildlife - Miriam Darlington, author of Otter Country and Owl Sense
"A painterly book... a hymn to the homegrown exotic"
National Geographic Traveller
"Jon Dunn, an experienced naturalist... has considerable knowledge and expertise. I liked his orchidaceous descriptions"
British Wildlife - Peter Marren, author of Chasing the Ghost and Rainbow Dust
“[Jon Dunn's] enthusiasm, knowledge and curiosity are evident in everything he does … Part travelogue, part memoir and part natural history poem, Orchid Summer is a dazzling, evocative account of Jon's adventures … A love letter to these most magical of plants”
"A splendid book, beautifully written...
"From Muckle Flugga to the Isles of Scilly, this is a journey through Britain as you've never quite seen it before - a riveting orchidaceous journey to find our most elaborate, elusive and desired flowers.
"Jon Dunn is a marvellous guide - a wide-ranging polymath, learning lightly worn, he paints evocative pictures and delivers delicious tales".
Patrick Barkham, author of The Butterfly Isles
"A lovely read... well told and memorable."
Mark Avery, former RSPB Conservation Director, author of Inglorious and A Message from Martha
"Travelling with him is pure delight. Dunn is a fine nature writer, whose descriptions are eloquent and often poignant."
BBC Countryfile, Dr Phil Gates
"A most enjoyable book, a treasure comparable to the orchids in which [the author] delights"
The Irish Garden Plant Society
"Beautifully crafted and perfectly polished... a wonderfully lucid celebration of Britain's best-loved plants, their affecting, fragile beauty and the special places they inhabit".
Andy Stoddart, www.RareBirdAlert.co.uk
"Brilliant descriptive prose... a book written, designed and published by people who care. From the charming 'arts and crafts' book jacket illustration to the font and paper choice; from the inclusion of a ribbon book mark to the aching desire from the author that we all embrace our wildlife and cherish it - this is a work of love. I cannot recommend it highly enough".
Steve Gale, North Downs and Beyond