Reviews

  • "Informative and highly entertaining"

    Daily Mail
  • "Meticulously researched, gripping and often humorous "

    Leslie Geddes Brown, Country Life
  • "Elegantly written and rich with horticultural vignettes"

    Spectator
  • "Buchan’s book provides an intriguing glimpse of horticultural life in war conditions . . . [An] excellent book, both touching and informative on a historical level."

    Lady
  • "A compelling account ... It also unearths some unexpected facts - such as the liberal use of cyanide as a pesticide."

    House & Garden
  • "Thoroughly researched, insightful and comprehensive… This book is a rattling good read that reveals a new and broad perspective on one of the most intriguing aspects of British garden and wartime history."

    Toby Musgrove, The Garden
  • "This fascinating book is rather like an extremely rich fruit cake, densely packed with all sorts of ingredients. It's tempting to pick through it and extract your favourite bits, but eventually you realise that eating the entire thing is actually more satisfying... An immensely rewarding read."

    BBC Countryfile
  • "A narrative that is always engaging, sometimes astonishing, by turns hilarious, outrageous and deeply moving."

    Hortus magazine
  • "A well-researched and evocative account of how Britain's gardeners fought the Second World War."

    The Countryman
  • "[An] engaging history... All sorts of people found solace in creating small regions of abundance and fertility, a counter to the annihilating wastefulness of war."

    Olivia Laing, Observer