I’m absolutely delighted to tell you I’ve just signed the contract for a book from this blog.
DIGGING UP PARADISE: Potatoes, People and Poetry in the Garden of England will be published this year by the excellent Kent publishers, Cultured Llama, and is an armchair ‘tour’ with a map, descriptions and poetry inspired by twenty-five Kent gardens, including Sissinghurst, Penshurst Place, Mount Ephraim, Quex Gardens and Down House.
Writing it has been a chance to go back and explore my feelings about gardens developed over the two years I’ve been writing this blog – how they are places of alchemy where we can turn a public space into our own private paradises. And also to introduce you to some wonderful and sometimes obsessive people who have gardened in Kent through history – the three ashmatic brothers who built a formal garden together as the world stood poised on the edge of war; a man who built his own ruins; the thirteen year old boy sentenced to hard labour for stealing roses in the 19th century; hornpipe dancers; plant collectors and apple scrumpers.
I’m currently got my editing hat on and am working away like mad, but will be planning some readings, talks and events to celebrate when it’s finally blooming in the book garden this summer. Do contact me if you would like more information, or indeed want to RESERVE YOUR SIGNED COPY…
So come take a walk in the garden and discover some new places with me!