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A Year in the Life of an English Meadow Hardcover – 15 Jun 2007

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 1st edition (15 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711227225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711227224
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 25.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A melancholy inventory of a paradise lost and regained. (BBC Wildlife)

Revel in Devlin's heartfelt prose and swoon at the photographs of wild orchids and delicate grasses. (Sunday Telegraph)

Beautiful, action packed. (Guardian)

Within 24 hours of picking up this book for review, I had already convinced three owners and managers of wildflower meadows to buy a copy… All managers and owners of wildflower meadows should own this book, as should farming and countryside advisers who need to improve their knowledge about wildflower meadows and their wild plants. (British Wildlife)

About the Author

Andy Garnett is an engineer, a philanthropist and an optimist. He spent most of his professional life working in advanced tech industry and has lived in North America and Japan. His book Steel Wheels, a tribute to the world of railways, was published in 2005.

POLLY DEVLIN grew up in County Tyrone, on the shores of Belfast Lough, in the fifties. Her first job was as a writer for Vogue magazine for which she became features editor. She has also been a columnist for The Sunday Times, The New Statesman, and The Observer. She has written two highly-acclaimed autobiographical books, The Far Side of the Lough and All of Us There and a novel, Dora, published by Chatto. She now divides her time between Dublin, London and her home in Somerset.

She describes her first job, as a writer on Vogue: 'I was twenty-one. One minute I was lurching on the bus to Belfast, the next I was going to Tehran to interview the Empress Farah Dibah'. This collection felt to her like 'writing home'.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace's granny on 1 Feb. 2011
Bought this as a gift for a young couple who have just bought a house with a field attached and are thinking of trying to create a wild flower meadow. A beautifully produced book, with fabulous wild flower illustrations. It is however a little bit'scary' in that there's lots abt using large diggers etc and made them feel that maybe it was too big a task to contemplate, rather more a 'coffee table' book perhaps? If you are able to contemplate large earth moving tasks and big scale works then it's great, but if your resources, energy and time are less ambitious there are other books which might be more helpful and make the task seem less daunting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Macdonald on 3 Sept. 2011
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A very helpful accompaniment to the would-be meadow maker. There are many photos of plants pressed from the meadow, quite unusual in a book like this but extremely helpful, you feel you can pick the plants up and know them, a photo of a plant in situ is often so much less useful surprisingly enough. The large size of this book also helps give you the feeling you can pick these plants up and get to know them. Very good. But this shouldn't be your only book. Chris Bains has a very tried and tested book that I have treasured for 25 years now. How to Make a Wildlife Garden
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Carrere on 8 Oct. 2011
This book is lovely and from one person's pov we follow the simple logic of restoring land to its orginal beauty. And the land is divided into 'rooms' that change in character and use, no better idea and no simpler, something that all of us can do. Each taking one simple step to restore balance to our world. Cannot wait to get started, what a lovely project! that will speak a thousand words when done.
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By poshdog on 8 Aug. 2013
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This is a really beautiful book for anyone interested in English wild flowers and meadows. Bought it as am creating meadow and this is the book I shall be following
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I got this book to inspire and inform my artwork. It has sparked many new designs. Lots of information and beautiful pictures. Very nice indeed.
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