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Earthly Joys by [Gregory, Philippa]
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"I was entranced...Gregory promises us the continuation of the fictionalized story of the fortunes of the Tradescants in Virgin Earth. Personally, I can't wait."
-- Lisa Jardine, The Times (London)

"A cleverly conceived and executed historical narrative spanning one of the most intriguing and turbulent eras in British history."
-- Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

"This tale of forbidden love set against the turmoil of a country in chaos makes for both intelligent and satisfying reading."
-- Betsy Groban, The New York Times Book Review

"When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league."
-- Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

From the Back Cover

A traveller in a time of discovery, the greatest gardening pioneer of his day, yet a man of humble birth: John Tradescant’s story is a mirror to the extraordinary age in which he lives.

Sir Robert Cecil, adviser to the newly crowned King James I, is a man at the heart of the social and political changes which are poised to sweep through the kingdom. But when Cecil needs a confidant he turns not to his fellow courtiers or aristocrats, but to his gardener John Tradescant’s clear-sighted honesty, loyalty and inventive practicality make him uniquely trustworthy.

He scours the known world for new plants to grow in the outstanding gardens with which he graces the great houses of the age. He is the first to cultivate the horse chestnut, many varieties of fruit and flowers, even larches from Russia. His work enables him to witness history being made, from the gunpowder plot to the accession of Charles and the growing animosity between Parliament and court. Here both Charles and Tradescant are in thrall to the irresistible Duke of Buckingham, who commands the king’s heart while commandeering Tradescant to his service.

Tradescant has always been faithful to his masters, but Buckingham is unlike any he’s ever known, his flamboyant charm and energy countered by his reckless military schemes. The court may love him but the people hate him, and it is this conflict that John must resolve to make the change from feudal retainer to independent squire.

Brilliantly portraying this turbulent period of clashing world-views, combining keen insight into the politics and personalities of a country teetering towards civil war with sumptuous details of plants, horticulture and garden design, Philippa Gregory again demonstrates her ability to entertain, enthral and bring the past vividly to life.

Philippa Gregory has a history degree from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. She is a fellow of Kingston University. She lives with her family in Sussex.

'PHILIPPA GREGORY:'

‘The first lady of intelligent historical fiction’
SUNDAY TIMES

'WIDEACRE'

‘Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows’
PETER ACKROYD

'FALLEN SKIES'

‘Superb crafted, sparkles with period detail…a fine book’
DAILY MAIL

‘Passionately felt… it is both uncompromising and brave’
ELIZABETH BUCHAN, 'DAILY TELEGRAPH'

'A RESPECTABLE TRADE'

‘The great roar and sweep of history is successfully braided into the ultimate daily detail of this compelling and intelligent book’
PENNY PERRICK, ' THE TIMES'


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 517 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007228473
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (11 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061RRQ58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First Philippa Gregory book I have read. Very much better written than most historical books I have read before - importantly containing some strong, likeable characters and a convincing and fast paced storyline. Particularly good if you have an interest in gardening, or what life was like in the 17th century. Couldn't care less whether a few pedantic historical buffs are critical. This brings the period to life for me. I shall read more instantly.
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Fantastic. Enjoyed every moment of this. Informative & very well written. Also not quite as 'vivid' as Earthly Joys so an 'easier' read.
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I have red this book in the cold winter in Scotland. What a joy this book brings with its precise description of flowers , seen through the great gardeners eye. What a brilliant man he was.
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This book covers a period of British history rarely tackled in historical novels.
It gives insight into the period whilst maintaining a strong story line. The story is always gripping and never predictable as we're the Times it encompasses.
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Another exceptionally good read so many historical references excellent descriptions throughout can't wait for next book
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Excellent book and looking forward to reading about next generation
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An enthralling read, continuing the story of the Tradescant family. Fascinating insight into the development of gardening in this country as well as showing what it was like for various tiers of society during the Civil War. The sequences in the New World showed what it must have been like for the settlers in America and the appalling treatment of the Native Americans.
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Really, really enjoyed this book Phillipa Gregory at her best.
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