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The Morville Year [Paperback]

Katherine Swift
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012
One of the most admired gardening writers of her generation, Katherine Swift returns to describe a year in the life of her garden she created over twenty years in the grounds of the Dower House at Morville, Shropshire, meditating on everything from the terrain and its history, to the plants and trees, and the odd habits of the animals and humans who inhabit the garden.

Following the turning wheel of the Morville seasons, from the green shoots of spring, through summer and autumn, to the stark beauty of winter, and back to spring again, The Morville Year is a journal full of surprises and enchantments that will appeal not only to gardeners, but to all who enjoy the natural world.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140882213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408822135
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'You don't need more than a nodding acquaintance with a trowel or a packet of seeds to enjoy this delightful book. With her keen eye, her humour and great breadth of knowledge, Swift's enthusiasm is altogether pleasing' (Daily Telegraph)

'Once again, the charm of Swift's writing is that it combines acute observation of nature, creative day-dreaming and scholarly musing. She addresses us as frankly and as unselfconsciously as a friend. There is something either interesting or useful to know on every page' (Amanda Craig, New Statesman)

'The wonderful thing about these pieces is that they not only describe what is going on in Swift's own garden but range across history, painting, landscape, language, geology, herbalism, cosmology, phenology and literature' (Spectator)

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The beautifully-illustrated sequel to the bestselling The Morville Hours

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Morville Year 4 May 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Morville Year 28 April 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Morville Hours 30 April 2012
By M2D
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 Jan 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly delightful 5 Jan 2014
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Story and compulsive read 5 Aug 2011
By Nike
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what you're expecting 16 May 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars complements the Morville Hours 16 Dec 2013
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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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Fabulous book. I'm there with her.
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An absolutely beautifully written book. i have already ordered three more copies to give to my friends who are garden lovers. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Susan Leach
3.0 out of 5 stars the Morville year
I found this somewhat disappointing after loving the Morville Hours. seemed like a re-hash of the previous book with some added photographs.
Published 10 months ago by Gillian Weigel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Morville Year
Good choice, price, prompt delivery, excellent condition. This is the book which I wanted to purchase for a friend who is an avid gardener. Arrived in plenty of time . Thank you
Published 12 months ago by sue gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Having read and loved The Morville Hours I was desperate to read this so downloaded it immediately. It didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. W. K. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars The Morville Year
I would recommend anyone with an interest in good writing, and a love of gardening, to read this author. She is so informative, yet so easy to read.
Published 15 months ago by colin davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Was recommended and would recommend
This is a great bite size book for bedtime reading. It helps to read it with some sort of other reference book or an iphone as I found although I had a moderate knowledge of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Eleanor
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and gentle book
Beautifully written and inspirational. A joy to dip in and out of and browse as well as to sit and read and be immersed in.
Published 16 months ago by Gillian Bromilow
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I first read The Morville Hours and so enjoyed it that I was delighted to find this book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Annmo
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