The book, beautifully designed and presented, contains many colour photos of the dozens of unusual or rare flora that the plant hunters found on their journey . . . Though this book will delight those who love flowers, it will certainly engage armchair travellers as well with its clear, descriptive prose. The glimpses of life in China and Tibet are fascinating. —Coastal Reporter(2012-09-21)
[Bill] is generous and witty with his observations . . . [and] is also generous with stories of earlier plant collectors, giving the landscape a sense of layered history, the Chinese and Tibetan contexts as well as the narratives of those ardent pioneering botanists who slept in snow and lived on yak butter as they hunted for rare species to anoint with their own names. —Habour Spiel(2012-10-01)
Fascinating tale, rich in local colour, culture, history, people and politics, stunning landscapes and spectacular plants. A perfect gift book. —Times Colonist(2012-11-27)
Bill Terry is a retired CBC executive, and the author of Blue Heaven, Beyond Beauty, and co-author of Beauty by Design. He lives on BC's Sunshine Coast with his wife Rosemary.