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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711234094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711234093
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The gallop through the history of useful rather than ornamental crops makes a refreshing change from stately gardening.

(The Spectator)

'An excellent account detailing the changing practice and importance of the patch you hope to take on – read it while you work your way up that long waiting list.'

(Annalee Mather The Independent)

'One for the history shelf.'

(Iain Finlayson The Times)

‘Foley’s book reminds us that the right to share the earth has always been an asymmetric struggle.’

(The Guardian)

‘A history of England from an unusual but illuminating angle’

(Country Life)

'I suggest you read this book. You will never again underestimate how precious and precarious a stake in the land is.'

(Gardens Illustrated)

About the Author

CAROLINE FOLEY is the queen of allotments. Her Allotment Handbook (£9.99) has been a bestseller since 2004, has sold more than 45,000 copies. Her Practical Allotment Gardening, 2008, (£12.99) has sold 23,000 copies. Both are published by New Holland. Caroline Foley is a freelance gardening writer and author who contributes articles to many magazines. She is the editor of Topiarius, the journal of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society. She has taken practical gardening and garden design courses at the English Gardening School. She lives in London near the Culpeper Community Garden of which she is Secretary. 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter D Brant on 5 Oct. 2014
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This is a charming account of the history of allotments mainly contained in the latter third of the book. The remaining text is a general social history of the lower orders of society from the Norman conquest to the late 19th Century.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P E Regan on 15 Oct. 2014
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This is an extraordinarily well written history of how ordinary people have struggled to get access to land in Britain. It covers a period from 1066 to WW2. Caroline Foley is a best selling author on the subject of allotments. This book digs back into the human stories which gave rise to the modern allotment movement. It covers the Peasants Revolt and the way common land over time was enclosed by the wealthy and denied to the poor. It shows the consequences of a family not having land to grow their own food and raise a pig. People became dependent on the parish and ended up in the workhouse. This is social history at its best and told from an unusual angle. A must read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Cameron on 4 Sept. 2014
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A great insight into our allotment history dating back hundreds of years, not just from the war years. Loved it so much I went and interviewed the author http://thehorticulturalchannel.info/meet-the-author-of-cabbages-and-kings-by-caroline-foley/
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By W.R. Miller on 2 Dec. 2014
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Very informative regarding the history of Allotments. Short and concise chapters on each of the topics featured
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By MR. K.G. STOCKS on 20 Nov. 2014
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A brilliantly researched book on this topic.
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