A Rum AffairBook - 1999
In the 1940s Prof. J.W. Heslop Harrison, an academic at Newcastle University, announced another discovery of rare plants. His colleagues were suspicious, many believed he had invented his discoveries and one accused him of being a fake. Over a period of years he strengthened evidence for his theory of ice-age plant survival by 'planting' flora in places it had never been found before and then 'discovering' it. Nothing was heard for 50 years. Sabbagh uncovered the report and in this mix of detective story, social history and scientific investigation unravels the story. He examines the discovery of several species of rare plants by Heslop Harrison on the Isle of Rum and questions the veracity of whether these plants were actually indigenous to the island.
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 1999.
Branch Call Number: 580.92 HES
Characteristics: ix, 223 p.,  p. of plates ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Cover subtitle : How botany's `Piltdown Man' was unmasked