Moth: a journey into the night
Inspired by the plants and animals found in marginal spaces and wastelands, Matthew Gandy has written a new book, Moth
. This book forms part of the Reaktion Animal series which weaves together aspects of science with cultural history. Labelled as "wonderfully idiosyncratic" by The New York Times
, the Animal series offers a novel approach to exploring the historical significance of various animals. Matthew's book focuses on the moth: long associated with darkness and the gothic imagination, yet significant in a myriad of other ways, from silk production to sensitive indicators of environmental change.
"The rich history of vernacular names speaks to the signiﬁcant place of moths in early cultures of nature: names such as the Merveille du Jour, the Green-brindled Crescent and the Clifden Nonpareil evoke a sense of wonder that connects disparate ﬁelds such as folklore, the history of place and early scientiﬁc texts, " Matthew writes.
The London book launch will be held on Wednesday 8th June 2016, at the Stoke Newington Bookshop, 159 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0NY, from 18.30 to 20.00.