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Goodreads asked Danielle Clode:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Danielle Clode Twenty years ago I was interviewing the curator of invertebrates at Museum Victoria about pollination when he mentioned Edith Coleman. He told me she was a nature writer who had discovered pseudocopulation in orchids. I didn't know what that was, so I had to go and find out and I was immediately fascinated by the story of this Melbourne housewife who'd suddenly become internationally famous among botanists for her work on orchids that mimic female wasps so that male wasps will mate with them and pollinate their flowers. It was a remarkable story that I've been carrying for a long time but I didn't know if anyone else would be interested until Geordie Williamson, then editor at Picador insisted that I send him the details. He convinced me that this was not just an obscure nature story, but a story about a remarkable woman who carved out her own career against the prevailing views of the time.

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