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A Green and Pleasant Land: How England's Gardeners Fought the Second World War
 
 

A Green and Pleasant Land: How England's Gardeners Fought the Second World War [Kindle Edition]

Ursula Buchan
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"[A Green And Pleasant Land is] this year's most stimulating work of Horticultural History...an exhaustively researched, possibly definitive, and occasionally myth-dispelling account of the role of gardeners, amateur and professional, in World War II." (Morning Star)

"Informative and highly entertaining" (Daily Mail)

"Meticulously researched, gripping and often humorous " (Leslie Geddes Brown Country Life)

"Elegantly written and rich with horticultural vignettes" (Spectator)

"Buchan's book provides an intriguing glimpse of horticultural life in war conditions . . . [An] excellent book, both touching and informative on a historical level." (Lady)

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The wonderfully evocative story of how Britain's World War Two gardeners - with great ingenuity, invincible good humour and extraordinary fortitude - dug for victory on home turf.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1639 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; Reprint edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFTV2TI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ursula Buchan is an award-winning author and lecturer, specialising in gardening and garden history. She has written 16 books, the latest of which is 'A Green and Pleasant Land: How England's Gardeners Fought the Second World War', published by Hutchinson in 2013, with a paperback published by Windmill in 2014. In 2007, she won the 'Enthusiasts' Book of the Year' from the Garden Media Guild with 'Garden People' (Thames and Hudson). In 2011, she was named 'Garden Columnist of the Year' by the Garden Media Guild for her Gardens column in 'The Spectator'. She lives with her husband and two spaniels in Northamptonshire, England. When she is not writing, she spends a great deal of time in her large country garden, time that never seems wasted.

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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really interesting book about how people coped during World War II growing their own veg. Reminds me of my Grandfather who had a large garden and grew virtually everything we ate - if it wasn't in season you didn't have it - things like the first new potatoes or green peas were really looked forward to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for gardeners 6 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover
The patriotic struggle to `grow your own' proves a fascinating lens through which to view many other aspects of the Second World War - information and propaganda, the changing role of women, the clash of rural and urban societies, social justice, even nutrition. Funny, fascinating, often moving and sometimes quite astonishing - this is a great read, not just for gardeners, but for anyone with an interest in history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 'bookatbedtime' 13 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although it is full of interesting facts this is a gentle read - just right to send you drifting off...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 16 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book. The research process was excellent and Buchan seemed to leave no stone unturned. It was wriiten with love and care.
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