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Derek Jarman's Garden [Hardcover]

Derek Jarman , Howard Sooley
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5 Jun 1995
Derek Jarman created his own garden in the flat, bleak expanse of shingle that faces the nuclear power station in Dungeness, Kent. A passionate gardener from childhood, he combined his painter's eye, his horticultural expertise and his ecological convictions to produce a landscape which mixed the flint, shells and driftwood of Dungeness; sculptures made from stones; the area's indigenous plants; and shrubs and flowers introduced by Jarman himself. This book, the last he ever wrote, is his own record of how this garden evolved, from its beginnings in 1985 to the day of his death in 1994.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (5 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500016569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500016565
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A moving reminder about the power of the humble domestic garden'
--Waterstone's Books Quarterly


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5.0 out of 5 stars A visual classic 30 July 2006
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I found this book in the wrong section of a bookshop in Borders Bluewater whilst looking for a italian cookbook. If I hadn't seen it in with the receipe books I am quite sure I would have never picked it up and then I would not have known what I was missing.

I am into photography, and whilst I knew of Derek Jarman's garden through articles in magazines none of those articles or photos come anywhere near to bringing out the beauty of the place as the contenets of this book does. Its well palled and beautiful.

The photography is first class and this not only compliments Derek Jarmans diary pieces , it brings the book alive.

I did enjoy the prose also and you get a real feel for Derek Jarmans way of life up to his untimely death.

A nice book and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A barren utopia 17 Aug 2009
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I love this book. I've come back to it and re-read it so many times, it's truly one of the most cherished books on my shelf. The writing and photos combine to capture a beautiful, rich snapshot of a life (and the premature end of a life). This book is the ideal present for anyone interested in art and gardening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Derek Jarman's Garden 7 Feb 2009
This is a 'must have' for anyone who loves Jarman's amazing garden on the shingle beach at Dungeness in Kent. The story of the garden's creation and the excellent photographs make fascinating reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of Derek Jarmans Vision 29 Sep 2000
Derek Jarman, british film-maker, artist and activist, found solace in his garden in Dungeness during his final years and this book reflects that passion. It offers a striking view on his thoughts and ideas through the lense of the love and care that he spent of encouraging this oasis on the Kent coast. Mixed with Howard Sooleys powerful photos this book raises itself beyond the usual 'coffee-table' book to something that will be cherished for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars spare beauty found in a book 18 Jun 2001
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Derek Jarman, the filmmaker and sometime Artist, was a prolific creator of things rich and strange: a prime example of which is his garden. This was, arguably, his most important work. A thing that acted as a moving testament to both his æsthetic and human beliefs - a spare beauty is found in his garden, nestled in the single of Dungeness.
This book manages to capture the essential and luminous aspects of this garden through the poetry and prose of Jarman himself, and Howard Sooley's ravishing photographs. This is a definite "must" for anyone wishing to know more about Derek Jarman...
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5.0 out of 5 stars contrasts with a sharp edge 4 April 2011
By Anido
This book contains a collection of photos, reflections and short glimpses outlining the atmosphere at a most remote and fateful location where it seems a miracle that anything can grow. At the edge of everything Derek Jarman had a place for collecting things and thoughts, growing and managing plants in a garden. The book offers a moment of regarding the everyday life - and the border between life and death, threat and safety - on a distance and inspires to thoughtful gardening beyond everything which is associated with the ordinary and smooth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A minor miracle. 19 Dec 2010
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
What an impressive book this is! How humane and inspirational. Jarman was an extraordinary artist and a compassionate human being and this "slight" volume somehow manages to capture so many aspects of his work and personality. It is warm, touching, and filled with both artistic and social insight without the hint of presumption, pretentiousness or vulgarity. Not for everyone perhaps but for those of us who need reassurance that art can illuminate life, this book is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful books I own. 30 Oct 2008
By Etty
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'Derek Jarmans garden' is so special on many levels. The writing, poetry and stunning photographs all combine to make this a truly lovely book. Many of the pages bring tears but not of sadness; his passion for life and simplicity in all things is so inherent. A lovely book about an obviously lovely man, I wish I had known him. I know I would have liked him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Derek Jarman'Garden
Wonderful. I use it every day.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Clifford
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and condition excellent
I will recommend this book to others Derek Jarmans house is very near where we alive and it is good to know more about him.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Enid J Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Review of book in "new" condition
This book was supposed to be in new condition and I paid £7 for it - it was in very second hand condition - I wanted it for a friend and had to give them my copy which was in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by sarah howie-brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present
I bought as a gift for Xmas but know it will be loved as we went to the actual garden during the summer.
Published 10 months ago by Lexi Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
This is a beautiful book, with just enough horticultural detail to make it appealing to gardeners, as well as fans of Derek Jarman and art lovers,in general.
Published 11 months ago by shedmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Really inspiring book
Such an inspiring book. I have wanted to own it for many years and am so glad I now do. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
Published 11 months ago by Ms S Gardner-Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for Gardeners and Jarman fans.
Love this book. Spend many Sundays browsing through it. Great text and images really portraying the atmosphere of a special person, place and time.
Published 12 months ago by Margurite K
5.0 out of 5 stars Derek Jarman's Garden.
Excellent as a gardening book and an insight into life in Dungeness. Wonderful photo's and a must read if you live next to the sea and want advice regarding what will grow.
Published 13 months ago by Charles Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars beauty
I read a review by Tim Richardson after I bought this beautiful book saying'this is the great garden book of the past quarter century'It is very inspiring, the photography is... Read more
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