Released on 12 July 2018.

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Oaxaca Journal

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‘Light and fast-moving, unburdened by library research but filled with erudition’ New Yorker

Oliver Sacks, the bestselling author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, is most famous for his studies of the human mind: insightful and beautifully characterized portraits of those experiencing complex neurological conditions. However, he has another scientific passion: the fern.

Since childhood Oliver has been fascinated by the ability of these primitive plants to survive and adapt in many climates. Oaxaca Journal is the enthralling account of his trip, alongside a group of fellow fern enthusiasts, to the beautiful province of Oaxaca, Mexico. Bringing together Oliver’s endless curiosity about natural history and the richness of human culture with his sharp eye for detail, this book is a captivating evocation of a place, its plants, its people, and its myriad wonders.

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Like all the best journals, it has a rich immediacy . . . the book is a rare treat.
Globe and Mail
Sacks’s boundless curiosity is always a reward.
New York Times