The Gardener (Hardback)Salley Vickers (author)
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Suffused with an evocative sense of place and character, this sublimely constructed novel from the author of The Librarian centres on the relationship between a woman and her Albanian gardener as they bring a long-neglected garden on the Welsh Marches back to life.
In her haunting new novel, Salley Vickers, the bestselling author of The Librarian and The Cleaner of Chartres, writes with the profound psychological insight and sense of the numinous power of place that is the hallmark of all her novels.
Artist, Hassie Days, and her sister, Margot, buy a run down Jacobean house in Hope Wenlock on the Welsh Marches. While Margot continues her London life in high finance, Hassie is left alone to work the large, long-neglected garden. She is befriended by eccentric, sharp-tongued, Miss Foot, who recommends, Murat, an Albanian migrant, made to feel out of place among the locals, to help Hassie in the garden.
As she works the garden in Murat's peaceful company, Hassie ruminates on her past life: the sibling rivalry that tainted her childhood and the love affair that left her with painful, unanswered questions.
But as she begins to explore the history of the house and the mysterious nearby wood, old hurts begin to fade as she experiences the healing power of nature and discovers other worlds.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 26 mm
'Salley Vickers sees with a clear eye and writes with a light hand. She's a presence worth cherishing' - Philip Pullman
'Vickers writes of relationships with undaunted clarity' - Adam Phillips
'Heart-warming, beautifully written and moving' - The Times
'No one can dig down into the shrouded recesses of the human heart quite as forensically as Vickers' - Sunday Times
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