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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Windmill Books; Reprint edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099558661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099558668
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ursula Buchan is an award-winning author and lecturer, specialising in gardening, garden history and social history. She has written 17 books, including '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, and also RHS The Garden Anthology (Frances Lincoln, 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 gives lectures and illustrated talks on a number of gardening subjects, as well as on the life and work of her grandfather, John Buchan. She lives with her husband and two spaniels in Northamptonshire, England. When she is not writing or lecturing, she spends a great deal of time in her large country garden, time that never seems wasted.

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"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)

"A compelling account ... It also unearths some unexpected facts - such as the liberal use of cyanide as a pesticide." (House & Garden)

"Thoroughly researched, insightful and comprehensive… This book is a rattling good read that reveals a new and broad perspective on one of the most intriguing aspects of British garden and wartime history." (Toby Musgrove The Garden)

"This fascinating book is rather like an extremely rich fruit cake, densely packed with all sorts of ingredients. It's tempting to pick through it and extract your favourite bits, but eventually you realise that eating the entire thing is actually more satisfying... An immensely rewarding read." (BBC Countryfile)

"A narrative that is always engaging, sometimes astonishing, by turns hilarious, outrageous and deeply moving." (Hortus magazine)

"A well-researched and evocative account of how Britain's gardeners fought the Second World War." (The Countryman)

"[An] engaging history... All sorts of people found solace in creating small regions of abundance and fertility, a counter to the annihilating wastefulness of war." (Olivia Laing Observer)

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'War is the normal occupation of man – war and gardening’ Winston Churchill

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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lily Guppy on 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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By Farendon on 13 Jun. 2014
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Although it is full of interesting facts this is a gentle read - just right to send you drifting off...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Boulton on 16 Aug. 2013
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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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By Margaret Allgood on 20 Sept. 2014
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Excellent read, very interesting and well written
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