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Anxious Gardener Hardcover – 1 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (1 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711226636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711226630
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A psychotherapist's entertaining take on gardening. (Sunday Telegraph Magazine)

One to soothe all gardener's worries. (Country Life)

'I enjoyed it hugely.' Mary Keen (Spectator)

About the Author

Rozsika Parker is not sure whether she inherited her passion for gardening or was infected by it in early youth. In any event, it came to her from her mother, the scientist, natural historian and conservationist Dame Miriam Rothschild, who made the famous garden at Ashton Wold, a world-renowned centre for the research and conservation of plant life. Rozsika is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist as well as a gardener. Rozsika Parker died in 2010.

Jean Sturgis trained as a painter at the Slade School of Art. She has exhibited in London, Edinburgh and her native Cumbria.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Walmsley VINE VOICE on 2 April 2012
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Having been a dedicated and obsessive gardener for longer than most people have been alive, I like to read anything and everything to do with my favourite pastime, relevant to my circumstances or not. I've found some unlikely gems, like James Roush's thoughtful and engaging tome on gardening in wildest Kansas, which contains much broad-spectrum common sense with which I can happily identify.

No common sense here, though. The author takes a seeming delight in parading its absence, couple with abysmal gardening ignorance; even the formulaic, stereotypical advice of her so-called "Gardening Mentor" leaves much to be desired.

The author is described as a psychotherapist (it's clear she's not a gardener) and the injunction which immediately springs to mind is "Psychotherapist, heal thyself !" Gardening is the best therapy - for me at any rate - that I know of; if it weren't, I wouldn't do it. I should have thought it obvious, even to a psychotherapist, that any voluntary pastime which causes this degree of angst should be abandoned instantly as prejudicial to health and sanity; she should move to an apartment and take up stamp collecting or train spotting.

The book is ludicrously overpriced; Amazon's trade-in offer of 45p seems over-generous, and I found myself wondering who on earth could this book be aimed at ? Not at gardeners, or anyone wanting to take up gardening, that's for sure. Is it intended to be humour, à la Stephen Leacock, perhaps ? But it did not even raise a smile; it all seems too desperate.

I eventually concluded that the only possible target audience is gardening haters, who would like to be confirmed in their prejudice; they will find much to enjoy in this book. They might even want to give it five stars...
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