'The gallop through the history of useful rather than ornamental crops makes a refreshing change from stately gardening.
'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.’
‘A history of England from an unusual but illuminating angle’
'I suggest you read this book. You will never again underestimate how precious and precarious a stake in the land is.'
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.