The remarkable true story of a five-ton elephant confined in a menagerie above a shopping arcade in the Strand. In the year 1826 the elephant suddenly went berserk, with horrifying and tragic consequences.

Set in the Paris of Napoleon, this engaging and colourful history sheds new light on one of the most fascinating women of modern times. The Empress Josephine’s obsessive collecting of animals and plants led her to the slopes of the Alps, and to a strange and eventful encounter.

The narcissus in literature and mythology: an essay.

The garden paradise in art and literature: an essay.

Nature imagery in the writings of a Victorian poet: an essay.