Reviews

  • Rich and unusual, this is a book to treasure. Few recent gardening books come anywhere close to its style, intelligence and depth. Moves between Lively's own horticultural life and a broad history of gardening

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • Exquisite and original

    Daily Telegraph
  • A gentle, scholarly progress through the lives and works of Penelope Lively's favoured authors - from Jane Austen to Beatrix Potter, Philip Larkin to Tom Stoppard

    The Times
  • Enchanting. Reading this book is like walking with a wise, humorous guide through a series of garden rooms . . . and finding that vistas suddenly open out, on to history, fashion, politics, reflections on time and the taming of nature

    Tablet
  • Lively finds memories of her own gardens scrambling like roses through insights into the history of gardening and the artists - including Woolf, Monet and PG Wodehouse - who have been inspired by their gardens

    Daily Mail
  • Delightful

    Lady
  • Elegant, entertaining and inspirational

    Woman & Home
  • The perfect book for dedicated garden lovers

    S Magazine
  • A blossoming triumph

    Waterstones Newsletter

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