Excellent sequel to Cloud Garden,
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This review is from: An Englishman's Home: The Adventures Of An Eccentric Gardener (Paperback)
An Englishman's Home concludes Tom Hart Dyke's autobiography of how he was kidnapped in the Columbian rainforest where the germ of an idea about creating a world garden was formed. Released from captivity and returned to the cold shores of England's North Kent, he sets about this project at his family's country estate of Lullingstone Castle. Tom is not your average aristocrat. He has a poor opinion of his own abilities and faces the fact that his family have beggered them selves to secure his release,(the word ramsom is never mentioned) but the family are certainly not rich.
Tom realises that if he can pull off this stunt and create a World Garden that will bring the tourists flocking back to Lullingstone, he could redeem himself and restore the family fortunes. The task is anything but simple, and Tom's style of creating chaos and mayhem before achieving his aims makes very funny reading. His style is witty and self-deprecating, never pompous or boastful. I enjoyed both these books as much as any novel read this year.