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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
"From little acorns......" the saying goes, but this debut novel is already a fully formed oak tree for what promises to be an impressive literary forest for the future.

Mournehis writes with authority, confidence and affection in this heartwarming novel. He clearly knows and understands these North London characters whose lives revolve around the allotments which form a backdrop to the protaganists' journeys towards maturity and enlightenment.

The changes in the natural world seen through the cycle of life on the allotments run in parallel to and act as a metaphor for the characters' development.

In short, this is an enjoyable read and should have wide appeal. It is thoroughly entertaining on a superficial level but there is sufficient depth both intellectual and literary to allow greater degrees of appreciation. Don't beat about the bush, buy The Mulberry Tree, read it and recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2013
Following the antics of the testosterone fuelled Marcus, the demise of Alex, who feels that life has conspired against him, and the life of the other allotmenteers has been a real treat. There are flashes of wit, and the imagery is wonderful, titillating every sensory organ, thereby propelling you into their world. Every page leaves you with the desire to move onto the next without delay.

This is a hugely impressive first novel, and George Mounehis has a promising literary career ahead!

Are we likely to see how Marcus copes with the challenges in the next stage of his life? I hope so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2013
An impressive debut novel by George Mournehis.

The author shows an eloquence in his writing with a deep understanding of the complexities of human behaviours, reasoning and relationships. The novel revolves around the journey of Marcus taking responsibility of his adultlife, aided by a community of allotmenteers in North London. The richness of the authors description of the characters and the setting truly engulfs you.

I couldn't recommend this novel enough. The characters leave footprints on your heart, and days after finishing this novel you will miss them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2013
The author has a way of drawing you in to the lives of the people that use the allotments, each character is well described and may remind you of some one you have meet at some point in your life you also pick up a few gardening tips.

well worth the read so much so i have recommended it to my mother-in-law, who i know will enjoy it.

looking forward to the next book should he write one.
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on 29 July 2013
What a lovely, lovely book. I really enjoyed this. I was sucked in from the first page and comfortably ensconced in the lives of allotmenteers for the duration of the whole book. Who would have thought such drama could occur in the company of cabbages, pumpkins, and tomatoes. I haven't lived!

Marcus is...a hedonist. Actually, he's an unscrupulous toad, who lets down his pregnant girlfriend so he can continue to pursue the pleasures of drugs, drink, and sex. So, he is just a little more than surprised when his late grandfather leaves him, of all things, his allotment. What on earth would he want to do with an expanse of soil and neighbouring fuddy-duddy plot-holders? He discovers that these fuddy-duddies are quite a motley crew. Alex is disgruntled and bad-tempered with a chip on his shoulder. Petro and Yianni are friendly and helpful...and Yianni has a rather attractive daughter, Sophie, herself going through her own crisis. Then there's the very mysterious, but oh so wise, reclusive Ben. Then there's plot politics, jealousy, and skulduggery (oh yes, you can bet your sweet potato there is!).

But...and this is what Marcus was to discover...there was beauty, calm, tranquillity, satisfaction, and sheer joy. Joy from watching something grow to magnificence with patience and plenty of nurturing. Even the rampant, randy, and reckless Marcus becomes smitten.

Mournehis has put together a wonderful array of characters, skilfully portrayed and well defined. Marcus' character was quite simply a masterpiece, poignantly contrasted by the enigmatic Ben. The author certainly knows a thing or two about growing luscious vegetables and fruit and expertly interlaces his experience (or if not, his impeccable research) into a rich and compelling story.

Don't for one minute think that this is just a meandering story about human nature and runner beans. There are some smack-in-the-face shocks and twists that catch you unawares.

Classy and compelling. Do read this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2013
This is a good story. It has an interesting mix of characters. Humour and seriousness are finely balanced. It provides an intriguing insight into allotment life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2014
Buying cheapo books for my kindle has thrown up quite a varied selection of stories/authors which I may never had read otherwise....and this was definitely one of the best ones!
There were some really wonderful characters down on the allotments and I loved the way the way they interacted with each other.
Even the bit of romance didn't manage to spoil it.. A lovely, charming, amusing and sad story. Give it a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2013
I've nearly finished this book and will be really sad to see it end. The characters are pure delight and the story quite beautiful in its simplicity. Can't believe I am saying all this positive stuff when at its core the book is a romance (and I don't do Romance) . Who knew! Definately recommend as a gentle and thoroughly good read. Will read it again at some point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2014
It seems a simple story of characters on an allotment. When all the stories unfold about the different characters and how the allotment brings them and their lives together. It really makes one think the growing and the earth, can really bring people together. Also unearths the bad in people. A story of human traits , their ugliness and their kindness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2013
I really enjoyed this book. There were characters to like and dislike. So you had the people you wanted things to go well for and those you wanted to get their come-uppance. There were sad, funny and happy moments and it almost made me want to go and sort my garden out!
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