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Virginia Woolf's Garden: The Story of the Garden at Monk's House Hardcover – 17 Oct 2013


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (17 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909342130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909342132
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'takes the reader on a visually sumptuous tour of the property's famous grounds, uncovering its enchanting patchwork of 'rooms' and offering a fascinating glimpse into the Woolfs' daily lives.'

(Landscape)

'her embroidered plans of the gardens add a delightful extra dimension to the book.'

(House & Garden)

"an indispensable treasure for any Woolf fan, Anglophile, or gardener"

(Blogging Woolf)

'an unusual and affecting book'

(The Lady)

'a glorious amalgam of biography and gardening'

(The Independent)

"a beautifully presented book ... visual pleasure ... uses [language] engagingly. Gardeners and Woolf readers will much enjoy her book"

(Robin Lane Fox Financial Times)

'Zoob's admirably passionate approach to the house and garden as an artistic whole has produced an extraordinary book, full of quiet images that exactly capture the beauty of the place...Buy it!'

(The Independent on Sunday)

'Zoob's book is enchanting and full of excellent excerpts from the Woolfs' letters and diaries'

(Anna Pavord The Independent)

'touching account'

(The Sunday Times)

"The book has great charm and terrific photographs, is packed with horticultural information, and gives a delightful account of the domestic life of the Woolfs."

(Annabel Freyberg The World of Interiors)

"Rich with Caroline Arber's photography (and atmospheric sepia snaps of the Woolfs) the book documents the garden's developments from the Woolfs' time, through the Second World War, Virginia's death and Caroline's own decade-long tenancy.  It remains a place of beauty and solace."
(The Simple Things)

'A portrait of their life ... a delightfully layered garden history.'

(Garden Design Journal)

'Lovely book celebrates the Woolfs' garden - the first (large picture book) about Monk's House'

(Virginia Woolf's Bulletin)

'this book about a gifted amateur's garden has immense charm'

(Country Life)

"a thoughtful, intelligent account of restoring the garden at Rodmell as the tenant of the National Trust."

(Literary Review)

About the Author

CAROLINE ZOOB is an embroiderer and textile artist, and is the author of The Hand-Stitched Home and Childhood Treasures. Caroline, together with her husband Jonathan, tenanted Monk’s House from the National Trust from 2000-2011. Apart from Leonard and Virginia, no-one has lived in the house for that length of time since the house was acquired by the Woolfs in 1919.

 


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By j beardshaw on 5 Nov 2013
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A great read, stunning photography with glimpses of Caroline's embroideries.
If you love gardens, Virginia Woolf, and visiting houses this is the book for you.
I couldn't put it down once I started reading.
Having visited Monks House, which I loved, through Caroline's words I escaped back into the garden and house.
It is such a shame that the Zoobs are no longer tenants at this lovely house, it needs to be lived in and loved as they and the Woolfs did, so brilliantly.
I am so glad there is a record of a garden much loved as in Virginia and Leonards day, sadly it does not look so good since they and the Zoobs left.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Oct 2013
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Caroline Zoob's book on Virginia Woolf's garden is a pleasure to browse through and to read. Caroline, a textile artist (who has written a book on embroidered textiles: The Hand-Stitched Home) and her husband, Jonathan, lived on the upper floors of Monk's House, in East Sussex, for over a decade as tenants of the National Trust, where they cared for the house and the Woolf's beautiful garden throughout that time. Caroline explains how the garden developed over the years Virginia and Leonard lived there and, of course, the many years that Leonard lived there alone after Virginia's death.

Both Virginia and Leonard were very interested in their garden; Virginia was keen to have a garden as attractive as her sister's (the artist Vanessa Bell, who had a wonderful garden at Charleston Farmhouse, a few miles down the road); and Leonard, who started off as an amateur gardener, soon became an expert, growing not just a wide variety of flowers, but fruit (apples, cherries, plums, figs and pears) and vegetables too. Virginia, in common with other well-known writers, worked in a writing room in the garden - Virginia's writing room was a wooden lodge tucked into a corner of the orchard with attractive views of the garden. ("There will be open doors in front; and a view right over to Caburn. I think I shall sleep there on summer nights" Virginia wrote when planning her lodge). Virginia and Leonard also had an extension built to the main house to provide a ground floor bedroom for Virginia, and she found it a wonderfully light and inspiring room with its views onto the garden.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dana Louise Roberts on 8 Nov 2013
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What a wonderful book to dip into, but also for a longer more meaningful read. The photography is luscious and the garden design inspiring. All in the context of the enticing Bloomsberry set photographs and history. My mum will love it And I may well borrow it from her!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Nelson on 2 April 2014
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This beautiful book has touching surprises. Embroidered gardens, planting plans, biography on Virginia and Leonard, and beautiful photography. I am enjoying reading and relaxing in its pages. It makes me want to journey to see the garden for myself Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jogger jane on 10 Feb 2014
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I bought this for a friend who has visited Monk's House. Being a gardener herself, and having the bonus of excerpts from Virginia Woolf's diary and seeing her embroidered ideas of how the garden should look, were the icing on the cake. She loves it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jpeck on 8 Feb 2014
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The pictures in the book are beautiful. The story intriguing and well written. I will revisited it often, if only to look at the pictures!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Ford on 20 Jan 2014
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Bought this book for my mum for Christmas. Fantastic photography combining photos of the garden, archive photos and also pictures of Caroline Zoob's embroideries of the garden, a great mix. Great quality book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David J. Barrington on 15 Jan 2014
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Fascinating and a truly beautiful and inspirational read. The photos are wonderful and the gardens scream out to be visited.
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