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The Garden [Hardcover]

Gillian Linscott
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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1 Sep 2002
Gillian Linscott's The Garden is a compelling and beautiful tale of the history of a garden. In the early C20th a landscape gardener falls in love with a wealthy married woman and sets about creating a stunning garden for her. Many years later a couple move into the Edwardian property on the Welsh borders and start restoring its dilapidated garden. During their work they make a macabre discovery and the true history of their garden is revealed.

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  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (1 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749005092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749005092
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 14.3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,419,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Gillian Linscott writes like a rewarding angel'

About the Author

Gillian Linscott is the award wining creator of the 'Nell Bray' series of crime novels. Originally from Maidenhead in Berkshire she attended Oxford University before starting a career in journalism. After working at The Guardian and BBC Radio she decided to go freelance and concentrate on her writing. She currently lives with her husband in a C17th cottage in Herefordshire.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Gillian Linscott always writes well - but this is a 'one off' which has given her a chance to explore new territory. 'The Garden' of the title is first constructed in 1907, and is the connecting element in a story which brings us to the present day.
Many memorable characters, each with suspicions of the others, and their own secrets, come together and are separated in a complex dance.
The mood is one of sadness and misunderstanding, relieved by the beauty and serenity of the garden. Against a background of the First World War and subsequent labour trouble in the South Wales mines, two families living on the border between England and Wales influence each others' lives down the generations.
The geographical location is one of the most lovely in Britain. The unique character of the Marches comes over in the story, with the deep differences between the English and the Welsh made much of.
A highly recommended novel, which offers the reader another time and place to lose yourself in.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By JoyT
Format:Hardcover
Gillian Linscott is a writer of vivid and gripping mysteries as shown in her previous two historically set detective series. This 'one-off' book is no exception and is enhanced by the author's great knowledge of gardens and gardening. It is the garden itself that holds a secret that has shaped the lives of two families - rich mine owners and a poor mining family- in the turbulent years of the early twentieth century. This book will certainly appeal to all lovers of mysteries and gardens.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Garden saga! 25 Aug 2013
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Great story line with excellent character development. Hope you like horticulture as there are lots of pauses in the story to discuss the layout and planting design followed later by descriptions as to how they materialised in full bloom. Still the book contains enough twists and turns, to qualify as a thriller. Very real depiction of the social climate of the twenties and early thirties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Garden 5 Sep 2013
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I managed to get this as a freebie. I would gladly have paid for it. Sad in places, atmospheric and an enjoyable read. Fairly short chapters. Time goes forward and backwards from the First World War to 2012. Well written and the timeline is easy to follow. Great book I hope to read more from this Author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Garden 19 Aug 2013
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First encounter with this author and enjoyed the story immensely. The combination of a 'who done it?' with creating a beautiful garden full of meaning, the historical background of the First World War and the tensions of the Marches mining communities was very cleverly put together. Her characters are well described and became very real - even 'Jack the Lad' had his (sad) bit to play. Each person was allowed to make their mark on the story without dominating the action and their complex relationships were well-woven into the story; this left the reader with many options regarding the perpetrator of the crime. You could almost 'see' the garden from the careful descriptions of the planting - don't be put off if you are not a gardener, it is the delightful backdrop to the story. Any criticisms? Well, perhaps a little overlong, but not so that it detracted too much from the story. The editing could have been improved on the Kindle version too. A recommended read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over long 16 Aug 2013
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This is an intriguing mystery that does hold you and keep you reading, the old proverbial page turner. If you like old fashioned sleuthing, you'll probably love this. However - if you have no interest in gardens or flowers, and don't know your gladioli from your pansies (as I don't) you'll find yourself skipping over some of the descriptive bits. I nearly feel ashamed to say that, as the author obviously has a passion for well designed gardens! The main niggle though is the length. Once you've established a death/murder has occurred and there are half a dozen suspects, you are looking for it to come together. It does. But far far far too slowly. As....gradually....the suspects are whittled down, instead of looking for motive, you find yourself working out whodunnit simply because they are the only one that hasn't got some other alibi. So, when the murderer was "revealed", I thought "well, that's the only person it could be" and "great, finally"...but the ending, I'm sorry, is a bit of a let down. (Although the more modern part of the story has a heart warming end) There are also too many loose ends as regards motives and actions of other characters. Personally - I found some of the sexual encounter descriptions far too voyeuristic and you get the impression that most of the male characters in the book are sexual predators, whether covert or overt!

Although a good story, I felt let down at the end, and didn't get the satisfaction out of it I hoped.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable sensuous novel 18 May 2014
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A novel set in two time periods. In the present, a gardener discovers a ruined large garden in Herefordshire and starts clearing it. He discovers human remains. In the early 20th century, a woman who owns coal mines in the Rhondda and is locked into an unhappy marriage has the garden created. Gradually the passionate, tragic past unfolds, against a backdrop of miners' unrest and the First WorlA novel set in two time periods. In the present, a gardener discovers a ruined large garden in Herefordshire and starts clearing it. He discovers human remains. In the early 20th century, a woman who owns coal mines in the Rhondda and is locked into a unhappy marriage has the garden created. Gradually the passionate, tragic past unfolds, against a backdrop of miners' unrest and the First World War. In the first part of the novel there is much dwelling on the details of the flowers planted in the garden, giving a sensuous atmosphere which matches the emotions of the main characters - emotions which are largely undescribed, the garden being their expression. I greatly enjoyed the novel, and have given it four rather than five stars only because I anticipated the twist at the end long before it came.d War. In the first part of the novel there is much dwelling on the details of the flowers planted in the garden, giving a sensuous atmosphere which matches the emotions of the main characters - emotions which are largely undescribed, the garden being their expression. I greatly enjoyed the novel, and have given it four rather than five stars only because I anticipated the twist at the end long before it came.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Intriguing story. The descriptions painted of the garden are magical, I could almost smell the flowers!
Published 6 days ago by Flora C
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it
I really wanted to like the book it sounded so good but I just got bored with it. I just found some of the relationships rushed and it didn't draw me in.
Published 3 months ago by Baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay!
This one won't stay in my memory as one of my faves unfortunately. It was okay, there could have been much more to the characters though, and maybe the book could have been a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by 1babysox
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At the end, I found myself wanting to know more. I loved the way it jumped back and forth between Times and how quickly the relevant characters... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hazel Gilmour
4.0 out of 5 stars Alexis
Good wee feel-good read......we read it as part of a reading group and enjoyed it. Not for the avid reader but enjoyable just the same
Published 6 months ago by Alexis
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Italy, like a story with a sense of menace, and like...
Very good descriptions to paint the setting; interesting characters, drawn with a sense of humour; a neat intertwining of plot:
Published 6 months ago by Fred Everett
3.0 out of 5 stars The Garden
I got some of the way through this one and although I read other reviews I still thought I'd give it a try however there is a lot of reference to garden flowers etc so it's ok for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kitty
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much "garening info"
Good story line,but for me just a little too much horticultural information. Pages & pages of plant names & discriptions! Read more
Published 7 months ago by jaydeepee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot
A real page-turner, set in the Welsh borders, flitting between the early 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, with a murder mystery hanging in the middle. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. B. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I could not put the book down. What a good, easy read. Will definitely read more by the same author.
Published 9 months ago by Miss Hannah S Wilks
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