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Machiavelli's Lawn Hardcover – 3 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Granta (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847081347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847081346
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Erudite and enjoyable prose, no less rewarding for its horticultural accuracy ... A little ge(r)m of postmodern humour' --Times Literary Supplement

'Mark Crick's new parodies continues his winning line in household hints from literary bigwigs' --Herald

'Inspired, botanically accurate and utterly hilarious' --Countryside Magazine

About the Author

Mark Crick is a photographer and the author of Kafka's Soup and Sartre's Sink. He lives in London.


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This is the third of the Mark Crick parodies that I have bought and enjoyed. Machiavelli's Lawn is a series of essays on horticultural themes in the style of great writers, ranging from Henrik Ibsen to Alan Bennett. He has the ability ot catch the tone ot the authors perfectly; an added pleasure is that the horticultural advice is accurate. The small book is well produced with illustrations by Crick himself; these are in turn pastiches of artists from Durer to Dali.
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As the other review says, this isn't really a gardening book, but gardening advice in the style of famous authors. Which, as long as you know the author's style, is quite funny.

So Machiavelli talks of how a wise Gardener knows it is not prudent to cut back his lawn too harshly, thus stifling growth, nor too infrequently, thus inviting disorder and rebellious tussocks, and there's a moving description on Caring For Heather, once the delight of the seafront amusements, and now sadly confined to a windowsill in a nursing home by Alan Bennett.

I quite liked those. On the other hand, the section on Growing Potatoes with Berthold Brecht didn't really do it for me: a sergeant comes and digs up an old woman's garden so he can get potatoes to feed the army. Hmm.

I suspect this would suit people who are both keen gardeners and amazingly widely read, because if you don't know the style getting copied, it falls rather flat. I'm not certain that's a large market, but I guess it's out there...
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