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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (5 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408810069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408810064
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This collection of Pavord's writings, arranged month by month, manages to be both eloquent and amusing ... As ever, Pavord doesn't take herself too seriously and has a wonderfully light touch' (Sunday Times 'Gardening Book of the Year')

'Lively, conversational and personal, it's a charming bedside read' (Country Life)

'Splendid ... an intimate portrait of a passionate gardener' (Sunday Herald)

'A most inviting volume ... Her vivid, conversational style, and wonderful range of knowledge on all sorts of subjects other than gardening, makes this a garden book that you could read straight through, like a novel' (Daily Mail)

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A wonderful book about the gardening year with practical advice by the top garden writer and best-selling author of The Tulip

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Wiltshire Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Dec. 2010
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I received this book for Christmas and it has been a delightful companion the past few days.

The Curious Gardener is a collection of 72 articles from Anna Pavord's regular column for The Independent which she's been writing since 1986. There's 6 articles per month, followed by a list of key gardening tasks - unusual for this kind of anthology, but adding a useful touch to the elegant prose.

The topics covered are wide ranging from a gardeners' horoscope to an amusing account of how her family Christmas has changed over the years. Along the way there are garden visits, a look at the scrum that is Chelsea, growing giant vegetables, how garden media and programmes have changed with the times, alongside advice on choosing trees, slow gardening and growing fruit, flowers and vegetables.

All this is written with such a lightness of touch and humour that you forget there's useful information to be gleaned; it's far too enjoyable to be placed in the 'useful' category of books. In addition, each chapter is fronted by a lovely wood engraving by Howard Phipps to set the scene for the month.

One to read in one go whilst curled up by the fire, then to keep to hand for a friendly monthly gardening guide.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. A. Henderson on 13 Jun. 2011
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As usual Anna Pavord has produced a wonderful readable reference book,and is one which I will use regularly.I liked the monthly dairy at the end of each chapter which is a good memory jogger for me as a novice gardener.
The story of her garden is in her usual style of being entertaining and informative. This enables one to gain ideas/tips without it feeling like a lecture.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ChrisMcT on 15 Jun. 2011
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I have sent this book to my gardening friends as it is an amusing read not just about gardening but observations on life plus giving down to earth advice on what to do in the garden month by month.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grace Kelsey on 21 Jan. 2014
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Its a really good book, well worth buying it and bought it for my gardening loving mother, she loves it :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary on 29 Jan. 2013
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Anna is special-entertaining -practical and ever so scholarly-just what you need.Brill.She tells it as it is and it would past muster with my mother! High praise indeed .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloucestershire Lass on 25 Aug. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can understand why other readers gave it such great reviews. This book is about the joys of gardening and not just about the mechanics of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker on 4 Dec. 2012
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As always Anna Pavord's writing is clear and inspirational. As a keen follower of hers in the Saturday Independent I see her as being one of the best garden writers. This book does not let me down at all. She sees gardening matters form a different perspective and hence her insight is always enjoyable.
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