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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost but not quite a complete meal, 14 Aug 2010
This review is from: Allotted Time: Two Blokes, One Shed, No Idea (Paperback)
I borrowed this off a friend (thanks Wendy!) and finished it off in a couple of days. It is a wonderfully easy read, the gardening is not too extensive, so non-green fingered readers need not worry. I finished the last page and thought "if only". Was it fiction or non-fiction? Very difficult to tell, it was labelled as non-fiction, but several times I did wonder.

Perhaps it was too long (others have mentioned this) as it did seem to drag a bit over the last 50-70 pages, but there was a good lyrical flow to it, so this is perhaps a tad harsh.

The relationship between the writer and his sons was very good, as was the link with the other allotment "owners". However, the book did leave a lot undiscovered - perhaps that is why it was classed as non-fiction. His ex-wife & Steve's partner, in particular - they are mentioned, but no real further elaboration - so why mention them in the first place then? V. irritating.

The shed erection and the greenhouse were particularly good pieces, as was the cricket pavilion re-use.

One line will remain with me for some time - nature is analogue, not digital. Brilliant.

So overall, worth a read, but don't pay full price for it!
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