The Day Job: Adventures of a Jobbing Gardener Paperback – 6 Jul 2006
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"An affectionate account of a year he spent fleecing the residents of north London as a jobbing gardener... Likeable and generous" (Guardian)
Mark Wallington's incompetent early career as jobbing gardener to the middle classes, hilariously revealed in this comic memoir.See all Product Description
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Mark Wallington describes his adventures gardening in North London very amusingly. He works for a variety of mildly eccentric employers, like the man who's obsessed with women's tennis, and the lady who is equally obsessed with cricket. And there's the very military major who wants his plants counted and kept in strict order, and the mysterious house that may, or may not, belong to Rod Stewart. And then there's the dastardly behaviour of the professional gardening team who apparently try to sabotage his efforts. As he works Mark Wallington mostly succeeds in disguising his complete ignorance of garden matters, until the day comes when one of his employers organises a local Gardeners Question Time, and insists that he should be on the panel. Will he be found out?
This is a very amusing book, you don't have to be interested in gardens (I'm not) to enjoy it. Like Mark Wallington, you will probably find yourself getting quite fond of some of his employers, and you will be entertained by his efforts to maintain a professional image in spite of his hopelessly amateur abilities.
As with Mark Wallington's previous books this is laden with of good, slightly old fashioned British humour and is an undemanding but enjoyable read.
More cutting hedge than cutting edge.
The Day Job , Adventures of a Jobbing Gardener has restored my faith in Mark Wallington . This is a delightful book , well-written , with nicely observed characters . I didn't need a GPS system and an atlas to read it . When I had finished reading it , which was all too soon , it nearly convinced me that jobbing gardening might suit me as a life change !!! A thoroughly enjoyable book .
Entertaining & pleasant; I shall probably read more from this author.
It is, though, a highly entertaining description of the mixed bouquet of people, rich and poor, who need the services of a gardener.
As with all Mark's other books, you just don't want it to end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Half way through this at the moment and as usual it's very amusing and entertainingPublished 5 months ago by Korah
Made me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed reading this and have passed it on to my mum. Then i might read it again!Published 18 months ago by The Procrastinator
Love Mark Wallington and despite this being pre Boogie it still did not fail to delight. Very funny and very readable.Published 19 months ago by R. wilson
An excellent book, which I thoroughly enjoyed and wished was longer! Finding this book was like finding a lovely flower in amongst a bed of brambles. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ms. K. J. Waghorn