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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply splendid, 1 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: The Joy of Allotments: An illustrated diary of Plot 19 (Hardcover)
I purchased one of these books for myself, and have subsequently purchased four more for friends and family. It is so beautifully illustrated, and has such wonderful story telling that I find it hard to put down. Every page has a new and exciting feel, that captures the imagination and the heart. A truly wonderful book, and a great gift for anyone you who appreciates beautiful things, not to mention there are some great hints and tips on the do's and don'ts of keeping an allotment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful, 18 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Joy of Allotments: An illustrated diary of Plot 19 (Hardcover)
This book is a perfect gift for anyone green-fingered. It's very different from your typical book about growing your own veg as it's first & foremost a work of art from someone who clearly has enormous love & passion for their own allotment. It's just so unbelievably beautifully illustrated, and takes you through the most charming storytelling of the ups & downs of managing an allotment across the year. It was a joy to turn each page. I think it's true that even every word is hand illustrated, if that really is the case it's even more amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VIZ for the middle aged, 24 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Joy of Allotments: An illustrated diary of Plot 19 (Hardcover)
If you thought you had grown out of Johnny Fart Pants and the Adventures of Black Bag - you like us are probably looking for some more orthodox, but entirely relevant cartoons and entertainment!
The illustrated adventures of Caroline provide inspiration to those too lazy to raise more than a lethargic trowel in the general direction of a the odd daffodil bulb, watering the occasional fern or cruelly murdering countless orchids!
Through a beautifully illustrated journey across the seasons - we find hope, frustration, and ultimately a reason to strive in our gardens and allotments.
If I could I would rename the book - Carline and her unfeasibly large onions!
Oh and we bought 10 for christmas presents - fortunately I have never done that with the Viz album - just not illustrated quite as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the cover!, 18 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Joy of Allotments: An illustrated diary of Plot 19 (Hardcover)
This is the most beautifully illustrated book. In fact it's the horticultural equivalent of the Linisfarne Gospels, because Caroline not only illustrates - she's handwritten every single word too! It's a work of art, autobiography and practical `veggie guidebook' all wrapped up in whimsical sense of humour. If you have an allotment, you'll recognise how this story faithfully captures the ups and down of a year working the land. If you don't have an allotment, read this magical tale and you'll really know what it feels like to own one! Should be the top of every green-fingered Christmas list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DELICIOUSLY ECCENTRIC & SUPREMELY SANE, 3 Dec. 2013
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This odd, greengaging and beautifully produced book is unique in the field of books, let alone gardening books or allotment books. It's a kind of Beano, packed with wacky yarns of the inner world of the allotment as much as the gritty reality. It's also like a mediaeval illuminated manuscript - everything is delicately hand-drawn, hand-coloured and hand-written. The typography is magnificently organic. And just when you think the gingham may finally be descending on the lid of the plum jam, pests and predators bite you on the ankles - slugs, badgers, parakeets. Consider this, written in the sweetest type: "Snails are easily killed by stamping on them." Nicey-poos? "A short, sharp death." To be enjoyed at pottering pace, this book will send you back to appreciate your own life and its creative potential, its pools of quiet and room to grow, at a slowed pace, to the sound of birdsong on the edge of town, far away from the rattling, chattering clamour of corporate propaganda and back in the homegrown plot of your own being. Well done Caroline Deput. Your book not only takes the biscuit, it is a slice of the sublime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judge a book by it's cover? Not me, Floss!!., 25 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Joy of Allotments: An illustrated diary of Plot 19 (Hardcover)
Never judge a book by it's cover, how many times have we all heard that piece of advice? It certainly applies in this case. Save for the beautiful photograph of Plot 19 on the dust cover there are no more photographs, only spectacular watercolour illustrations. Imaginatively presented this humorous chronicle in the year of a life of a clearly passionate allotment holder offers hints and tips alongside honest accounts of the cock ups and disasters! Personal favourites include April presented as a lettuce; an Art Deco doll's house to show the productive month of May; year on the allotment as Snakes and Ladders board and Mr Badger tucking into an illicit bowl of tayberries. Handwritten by the author, spelling mistakes included, although altered by the Spelling Fairy,(could do with one of those myself) this is a book you can dip into again and again. Buy it, sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake and prepare to be delighted by this lady's adventures on her own particular patch of England's green and pleasant land, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exerlant read, 25 Feb. 2014
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This is a book for the coffee table to pick up and enjoy. Its a really lighthearted yet informative account of gardening day by day. Would highly recommend this one to all. Also purchased one for a gift and they loved it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blooming wonderful!, 26 Nov. 2013
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Plots and plots of allotment loveliness. Handcrafted and grafted by the very talented and obviously obsessed Mrs Deput. A joyful and cheerful addition to any gardener's or veggie grower's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly charming, 21 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: The Joy of Allotments: An illustrated diary of Plot 19 (Hardcover)
Do not judge this book by its cover, well the front one at least!

What lies inside is a charming pictorial tale of life on Caroline Deput's allotment in colour drawings. Quite a lot of the narrative is in colour too.

This is a very inventive and humorous account from 2010 through to early 2012, packed with the trials and triumphs of allotment owner 'Floss'.

Amongst the usual allotment plans, lists of things to do and harvests achieved, there are exquisitely drawn details, such as the badger who's trashed the tayberries. I particularly enjoyed the tale of 2010 told via a snakes and ladders board and the bindweed wars cartoon.

This is a positive allotment tale, which doesn't shy away from when things go wrong. In the process of drawing Plot 19, life is depicted in a much more realistic way than most allotment manuals manage using photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW, 27 Dec. 2013
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A wonderful humerous book full of tips that all gardeners will love. This was an Xmas present but i had to read it first!
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