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A Gentle Plea for Chaos [Kindle Edition]

Mirabel Osler
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this book the author describes the way her garden evolved and how, without meaning to do so, she let it take over her life. She suggests moving away from planning, regimentation and gardening with the mentality of a stamp-collector. Frequently funny and always stimulating, she writes of the alchemy of gardens, of the 19th-century plant-collectors and plant illustrators and of the gardening philosophers, all fertilizing great thoughts along with their hollyhocks. She won the 1988 Sinclair Consumer Press Garden Writer of the Year Award.

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All consuming and witty look at one woman's garden

About the Author

Mirabel Osler is the critically acclaimed author of A Breath from Elsewhere and the classic A Gentle Plea for Chaos. She lives in Shropshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2249 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; Re-issue edition (31 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NA17MO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special book 25 Aug. 2002
I picked this book up by chance when waiting for a train. At the time I wasn't even interested in gardening, I just liked the cover and was in a hurry, and yet I still found it fascinating and particularly thought-provoking.
It is a collection of losely themed reflections on gardening which, to me at least, brings insight on things beyond its obvious subject.
The author and her husband begin as relative beginners taking on a very large garden. They learn as they go along. There is information of what plants do well in what places, but only incidentally: the bread and butter of this book is reflective musings on how it feels to be a gardener, in good times and bad, throughout the year. Mirabel Osler's feeling for plants and for the landscape, her old-fashioned, broadly cultured frame of reference and the civilized assumption of an equally thoughtful and urbane reader make this one of my favourite books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Plea For Chaos by Mirabel Osler 10 Nov. 2012
By floras
I loved this book from start to finish. A delightful read which brings creative gardening and nature together. Beautiful photos which illustrate her understanding of plants and how she is able to work them so well within her landscape. It is a story which takes you on a personal journey through the making of a very special garden, a garden with soul. I have owned my hardback copy for more than 20 years and it is still in my top 2, the other being Beth Chattos Garden Notebook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 25 Mar. 2015
By ryokan2
I cannot believe the one star review so I'll just add five stars to help make up for it! I suspect the book went completely over the reviewers head.... Did he not read the title? - 'a GENTLE plea for chaos'! I read this book years ago and have read it again more recently. As far as gardening books go it is absolutely a classic. Delicately written, humorous, thought provoking. A wonderful book; don't be put off trying it.
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