When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards selfsufficiency for her family. Instead, she finds herself in a strange and hostile world of arcane rules and regulations, and hosepipe standoffs. She finds her mud-caked Wellingtoned feet and successfully navigates her way through allotment-keeping: battling Biblical-scale pest invasions; learning the dark arts of the competitive vegetable grower; and practising ninja-like disappearing acts to avoid yet another free cucumber from a neighbouring gardener. Witty, well-observed and with mouth-watering recipes, this book is for anyone who dreams of a slice of the good life.
There are a lot of us in here:
1. Ren Holton is the alter ego of another, nicer, writer. Ren is the person people never invite to parties, but always speak to when they want a dubious favour.
2. Carmel Lockyer writes erotic fiction. She used to be a model and spent three years as an agony aunt for nudists. Leigh Clark writes erotica too.
3. Kay Sexton's fiction has been chosen for over forty anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. Her unpublished novel, Gatekeeper, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. She wrote Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life under the influence of horticulture and will continue to indulge her addiction to all things green and/or floral until they invent a 12 Step Programme for those who grow their own. The Allotment Diaries was published in March 2013 and continues her adventures in potting, plotting and feasting!