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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful joyous thoughtful philosophical engaging read, 26 April 2013
This review is from: The Road to Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey (Hardcover)
I am the editor for this book from Monty Don, so I am declaring my interest right from the outset. I wanted though to briefly counter the 'review' and rating that has appeared the day after publication on amazon, by a reader who admits that they have not read the book. I am sorry that the purchaser is disappointed, but this book is a book to be read. Some of the greatest and most memorable gardening books of all time had few if any diagrams or photos or advice on gardening contained within them. I am thinking here of some of Christopher Lloyd's books, or Michael Pollan. Instead they, as this book, were brilliantly written journeys into lives where gardening, plants, gardens were an obsession and a passion. Monty Don's book here is a book to read and immerse oneself in, and through it one learns about gardening and gardens in France, and also shares with him his own love and passion for that country and its people. Once again I am sorry that a reader is disappointed, but I hope my review will both encourage others to read the book and enjoy it, and perhaps help others to decide whether its a book they wish to purchase or not.
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2013 21:09:19 BDT
paganrose says:
Thank you M Jones for letting us know what sort of book this is. I had also hoped it would have some beautiful photos of the gardens Monty visited in France, however I love Monty's lyrical writing so now am quite happy to go and buy it, and will not be disappointed. Most gardening books are full of photographs, it makes a nice change to have something interesting to read as well as to look at.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 18:50:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2013 19:00:39 BDT
Votet says:
FIRST QUESTION: Are there any maps in this book, that set out the places travelled to, please?
REASON for Q: The Amazon 'Product Description' states in part:
QUOTE It is the story of a man travelling round France visiting a few selected French gardens on the way. ... The human trail crosses from garden to garden. They sit in their surrounding landscape, not as isolated islands but attached umbilically to it, sharing the geology, the weather, food, climate, local folklore, accent and cultural identity. ... From historical gardens like Versailles,Vaux le Vicomte and Courances to the kitchen gardens of the Michelin chef Alain Passard. There are grand potagers like Villandry and La Prieure D'Orsan and allotments and back gardens spotted on the way. ENDQUOTE.

SECOND QUESTION, IF the answer to the FIRST QUESTION were to be "NO": IF this book is to be verbal, rather than pictorial, THEN will a priced reduced 'Kindle' version be available before end May 2013, please?

THIRD QUESTION, IF the answer to the SECOND QUESTION were to be "NO": Then when, please, M Jones ?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 13:21:48 BDT
M. Jones says:
There's a map of France at the beginning of the book with all the gardens Monty visited. There are also some interesting black and white photos integrated in the text that Monty took along the way.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 20:25:07 BDT
Votet says:
OK, M Jones, so there's just one map of France in the book, and it's at the beginning of the book (with all the gardens Monty visited).

Turning now to my SECOND QUESTION previously BUT very slightly rephrased: As the vast majority of this book is to be verbal, rather than pictorial, THEN will a priced reduced 'Kindle' version be available before the end of May 2013, please?

AND a repeat of my THIRD QUESTION, IF the answer to this SECOND QUESTION were to be "NO": Then when, please, M Jones ?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2013 10:02:39 BDT
M. Jones says:
There is a problem at the amazon end. There IS a kindle edition but its not linking properly to the hardback. I'd suggest searching for now under the author's name and you should see it displayed. Here is the link The Road to Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey
We are working with amazon to resolve this linking issue.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2013 09:34:11 BDT
Votet says:
OK, M Jones, so I've just bought the kindle version - even though the Amazon price had jumped by one quid compared with the previous day.
I'll post my review after I've read same ...

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 17:03:23 BDT
Votet says:
OK, M Jones, as Trevor Taylor (TT) wrote in another Amazon review on Monty's book:
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Having seen some of the TV series about Monty Don's journey around these gardens I had expected this to be a lasting reminder of these great gardens
ENDQUOTE
would I be correct in thinking that you/TT would like to play a DVD of the said TV series on a computer screen, whilst you/TT were reading Monty's book?
So, M Jones, please advise IF and WHEN a DVD of TV's "Road to Le Tholonet" will be available via Amazon ... as it may be of help to TT, and me!
I look forward to hearing from you!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 18:16:18 BDT
M. Jones says:
Sadly I don't have this information. I work for the publisher and not the TV company. The book is loosely related to the TV programme but is not a direct tie-in and is meant to be read on its own. You'll need to contact the BBC to find out if and when they are repeating the programmes or bringing out a DVD. Hope that helps. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2013 06:55:54 BDT
Votet says:
OK, M Jones, so you suggest that I:
QUOTE
need to contact the BBC to find out if and when they are ... bringing out a DVD
ENDQUOTE
which raises this QUESTION:
WHO exactly should I contact at the BBC, and WHAT exactly are their contact details, please?

I look forward to hearing from you, M Jones, and thank you in advance for your time in promoting Monty's video.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2013 16:43:21 BDT
M. Jones says:
Monty Don's French Gardens [DVD]
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