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Fascinating slice of life...
on 23 March 2006
All hail Robin Shelton for making gardening seem fun, witty and charming. Well, at least his book his!
I'm not a gardener myself, but you don't really need to be to read this. It's not a gardening manual. It is a year of someone's life - dealing with his family, his friends, his personal thoughts, and spending a year on an allottment trying to grow some veggies.
It's warm-hearted, funny and insightful. It's a pleasure to read, easy to read, and fun to read. Occasionally Shelton will ramble a bit, but that's what happens when you transfer your thoughts onto paper.
Nevertheless, this was enjoyable from start to finish, and might even get you int ogardening yourself. Robin was a non-gardener too before he decided to have a bash on his allottment. His caricatures detailing the people he met and how he gained gardening knowledge is amusing. Ken, the alarmingly real character with the walking stick is a hilarious part of the book.
And as with all men, there's even a whole chapter devoted to the shed!
Indispensible read, and you may even pick up some tips from it.