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A Green and Pleasant Land: How England's Gardeners Fought the Second World War Hardcover – 7 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091944155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091944155
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Informative and highly entertaining" (Daily Mail)

"Meticulously researched, gripping and often humorous " (Leslie Geddes Brown Country Life)

"Elegantly written and rich with horticultural vignettes" (Spectator)

"Buchan’s book provides an intriguing glimpse of horticultural life in war conditions . . . [An] excellent book, both touching and informative on a historical level." (Lady)

"A compelling account ... It also unearths some unexpected facts - such as the liberal use of cyanide as a pesticide." (House & Garden)

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The wonderfully evocative story of how Britain’s World War Two gardeners – with great ingenuity, invincible good humour and extraordinary fortitude – dug for victory on home turf.

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Really interesting book about how people coped during World War II growing their own veg. Reminds me of my Grandfather who had a large garden and grew virtually everything we ate - if it wasn't in season you didn't have it - things like the first new potatoes or green peas were really looked forward to.
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The patriotic struggle to `grow your own' proves a fascinating lens through which to view many other aspects of the Second World War - information and propaganda, the changing role of women, the clash of rural and urban societies, social justice, even nutrition. Funny, fascinating, often moving and sometimes quite astonishing - this is a great read, not just for gardeners, but for anyone with an interest in history.
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This is an excellent book. The research process was excellent and Buchan seemed to leave no stone unturned. It was wriiten with love and care.
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I expected this book to be a bit more of an easy read than it was. It was interesting but not always 'I must keep reading' standard. This was a shame because it is a subject I am very interested in.
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