Life in the Garden (Paperback)Penelope Lively (author)
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The two central activities in my life - alongside writing - have been reading and gardening.
Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today.
It is also a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.
From the azaleas at Manderlay to the ordered vegetable plots of Mr Mcgregor's garden, read Penelope Lively's recommendations of the best gardens in literature.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
'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, The Observer
'Exquisite and original' - The 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
'Wonderful. A manifesto of horticultural delight' - Literary Review
'Beautiful. Perfect for literary garden lovers' - Good Housekeeping
'A perfect bedside book. In part it's a memoir of the gardens in Lively's life, starting with the exotic Egyptian garden of her childhood and continuing up to her small present-day garden in a north London square' - Sunday Express
'A gentle survey of the garden's place in Western culture, which morphs into a personal meditation on time, memory and a life well lived' - i