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Rootbound: Rewilding a Life (Hardback)Alice Vincent (author)
Blooming beautifully into life on every page, Vincent’s uplifting memoir-cum-botanical guide documents the author’s attempts to bring a little of her grandfather’s horticultural idyll into her fast-paced urban existence.
Longlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2020
As I stared at those daisies, occupying the pavement for whole minutes as others quickly walked past, I realised I was hungry. Hungry for a kind of understanding, the kind of humble superpower that came with turning stickyweed into a gag, a fattened blackberry into an inky snack or a dock leaf into a remedy. It seemed that if I could only navigate the workings of these plants, to tune in to what made them bloom and shrink, that I could find a whole new way of living
When she was a girl, Alice Vincent loved her grandfather's garden - the freedom, the calm, the beauty of it. Twenty years later, living in a tiny flat in South London, that childhood in the garden feels like a dream. When she suddenly finds herself uprooted, heartbroken, living out of a suitcase and yearning for the comfort of home, Alice starts to plant seeds. She nurtures pot plants and vines on windowsills and draining boards, filling her new space with green, and with each unfurling petal and budding leaf, she begins to come back to life.
Mixing memoir, botanical history and biography, Rootbound examines how bringing a little bit of the outside in can help us find our feet in a world spinning far too fast.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 466 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 34 mm
'Rootbound is a poignant testimony to the joy that greenery will bring to your life, and it is a magical reminder that humans, like plants, can mend and grow in their own good time' - Independent
'This memoir has the potential to be the millennials' answer to Eat Pray Love' - The Daily Telegraph
'Reading this book is like breathing fresh spring air. Rootbound is achingly honest and earthily good, a beautiful hymn to wild hope, strength and tenderness, in nature and in ourselves. I loved it '- Charlotte Runcie author of Salt On Your Tongue
'Unrestrained, exuberant, vigorous, forthright ... A tender and wholehearted story of re-finding that most precious resource, the space to grow' - Helen Jukes author of A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings
'The nourishing impact of nature on our fractured lives has inspired a host of incredible memoirs ... and Alice Vincent's Rootbound particularly resonates as she explores a life you'll recognise - being rootless in an urban environment as work and relationships fall away unexpectedly and how growing things from the tiniest of seeds can help feed the soul' - Stylist
'Rootbound is a fascinating insight into the outlook of the millennial generation, who have grown up online, with their private lives made public on Instagram and everything seeming too competitive and fast. The certainty and unhurriedness of the processes of plants seems all the more grounding and necessary by contrast. I loved this book' - Juliet Blaxland, author of the Wainwright Prize-shortlisted The Easternmost House
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