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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; Reprint edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408822210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408822210
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful book ... generous with excitement and adventures and love. Reading it, I felt glad to be alive (Xandra Bingley, author of Bertie, May and Mrs Fish)

Quirky, touching, wayward, sensuous ... An unforgettable journey of the senses. Irresistible (Sir Roy Strong)

Her book everywhere celebrates happiness, amounting to a litany of sensuous joys: lists and speculations, observations and memories, much for her great grand children, but also for us, and then for Mirabel herself. It is full of darting wit and wry quirky wisdom... a prose often casually gorgeous and is absolutely unlike anyone else. She is a rebel and a rule breaker, always her own person. You can detect none of the usual professional garden-writer's know all smartness in her evocations of what is it like to create a garden. She is refreshingly witty about her ignorance and mistakes, eloquent about failure (Independent)

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A beautifully written memoir from the bestselling author of A Gentle Plea for Chaos

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Reid on 29 May 2011
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This is a very special book by clearly, a very special woman. Mirabel Osler has lived in many countries around the world from Greece under the junta to Thailand where she adopted a baby daughter. She has written with humour, affection and tenderness, I came to know and love her family who seemed to adjust to the different worlds they moved in with grace. This writing is a delight in a world where now all is about punchiness and speed. Her world is one where letters were still written, posted and delivered within a day. Letters of love and passion. Everyone I am sure will love this look into a fascinating life. A perfect gift, but buy a copy for yourself at the same time!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wil Andersen on 19 May 2011
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..although I have not finished it yet. Perversely I read the last chapters first and found them very moving, insightful and, in a way, celebratory. I hope I have the same commonsense, dignity and calmness when I reach the author's age. I doubt I will have her wisdom and certainly not her experiences. The account of the adjustments that age requires are thoughtful, sensitive and moving - I am just starting the same process and was moved by her account. We also share views on coffins!

I thoroughly enjoyed Mirabel Osler's A Spoon with Every Course. This is very different but has the same elegance and openness of style and charm. You can almost her her voice. So I began with the "present" but I go back now to the beginning and Ford Madox Ford and Stella Bowen and her family life. Can't wait.

I am loving it. I think most readers will and I urge you to try it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs m on 10 July 2013
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This memoir is un put downable. It is bitter-sweet; the author has had such amazing life experiences, living and travelling in Thailand, France and Greece, but this book is mostly about life with her family in Thailand and she has made describing the food, plants and people into an art form. Reading this is almost as good as eating the food she describes. Unique and leaving the reader wanting more.
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