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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140881109X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408811092
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.1 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR 'THE MORVILLE HOURS'

'A magical book. I have read it twice now. I love the richness of Katherine Swift's prose; the flashes of her family's story that are scattered through the deliciously written text; the gorgeous detail. The Morville Hours is the most beautiful book I have read in years' (Nigel Slater)

'A truly remarkable book that is both intimate and universal. We are left with a renewed sense of what it is to be human, and of how we make our place in a world that is intricate, unpredictable and filled with quotidian mysteries' (Daily Telegraph)

'This is gardening writing at its best. Swift's prose brings the garden alive in all its details, scents and meaning ... Evocative, heartfelt and magical' (Guardian)

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The beautifully-illustrated sequel to the bestselling The Morville Hours


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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. K. Pollitt on 28 April 2011
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This book is a joy. It comprises articles written by Katherine Swift when she was the gardening correspondent for the Times. I read a lot of these at the time but no where near all of them so it is lovely to have them gathered together to read again. It is an easy bedtime read. I read one or two or even three articles at a time. The book has all the best of each month giving Katherine's insight into so much more than gardening and involving so much research.
I look forward to her next book. I also encourage readers to visit her lovely atmospheric garden at the Dower House to bring the contents even more alive. Afternoon tea with freshly baked scones, home made jam and cream is not to missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M2D on 30 April 2012
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A fascinating read. Written in an interesting style with vivid descriptions that take the reader into the text. This book would be enjoyed by those who enjoy history and gardening! The book arrived promptly - thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Perowne on 9 Jan. 2012
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A lovely book that builds upon her previous book, The Morville Hours. It was well written, insightful and full of little tidbits of gardening info and folklore. Throughly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lizziebee on 4 May 2011
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This isn't quite such a 'classic' as The Morville Hours but, nevertheless, it is a beautifully written and totally absorbing book. I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2014
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I first came across Katherine Swift when I was given The Morville Hours to read by my mother. I confess that although parts of it were really beautiful, it didn't really grip me. I finished it in several sittings, dipping in and out of it, but never getting truly hooked.

Over this Christmas I wanted something to read that was simple, and calming and non taxing. I picked up The Morville Year, thinking it would be just the sort of thing I could dip in and out of. I was utterly entranced by it, and read the whole thing in a day. I don't know if it's that I am in a different place as a person, and am ready to read something like this now, or that this volume is different from the other book. Probably it's a mix of both. This is a collection of columns that Swift wrote for a newspaper during her four years as their garden columnist. I enjoyed the concise way she tackles the topics she addresses here. I enjoyed the way she connects what she reads and sees with the life of her garden. I just enjoyed everything about this so much more than the previous volume. It was a real delight to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nike on 5 Aug. 2011
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Thank you Katherine for a most enjoyable read, and wonderful tips on gardening. For a nearly retired parish priest a good read in the context of work done in the remains of the day. Orare est laborare et laborare est orare!!
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A wonderful read, this book tells the story of a garden and so much more. A family history, rural geography, geology, myths and legends. It inspires you to make something of any bit of ground you may have access to and see what you can create.
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Fascinating and easy reading with just enough facts mixed with anecdotes. I've read both twice and would reach for them if I needed books to take away somewhere.
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