Machiavelli's Lawn: The Great Writers' Garden Companion (Hardback)
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Machiavelli's Lawn: The Great Writers' Garden Companion (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages
Published: 03/03/2011
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Twelve great authors offer their top tips on gardening, from Sylvia Plath's struggles with autumn bulbs, to Pablo Neruda on pruning roses at the end of a romance. In Brecht's mini opera, a courageous mother's fight to protect her tender young potatoes from the army reveals the tragic consequences of a crop being harvested too soon. On Zola's allotment, a striking miner finds more brutal and perilous than anything he imagined at the coalface. Carver's anti-hero plants up a neglected hanging basket in a doomed attempt to repair his relationship with his wife. And Brett Easton Ellis's brand-obsessed hero, drawn into the garden by the promise of carnage, finds in horticulture the perfect outlet for his demons. Inspired, botanically accurate and utterly hilarious, Machiavelli's Lawn will appeal to green-fingered book lovers everywhere.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847081346
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 174 x 135 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
If you feel your plot or small holding would benefit from Niccolo Machiavelli on The Art of Mowing, Isabelle Allende on Dividing Bamboo or Emile Zola on Weedding by Hand then Machiavelli's Lawn is the book for you -- Lindsay Duguid * Times Literary Supplement *
Mark Crick's new parodies continues his winning line in household hints from literary bigwigs -- Rosemary Goring * Herald *
Crick's project is underpinned by a solid knowledge and appreciation of the writers he parodies, as well as of the urbane tasks in which he engages them ... erudite and enjoyable prose, no less rewarding for its horticultural accuracy ... Machiavelli's Lawn is a little ge(r)m of postmodern humour -- Thea Lenarduzzi * Times Literary Supplement *
Inspired, botanically accurate and utterly hilarious * Countryside *

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