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Rhapsody in Green: A novelist, an obsession, a laughably small excuse for a vegetable garden Hardcover – 22 Sep 2016
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'A witty account of 'extreme allotmenteering' for all obsessive gardeners' Mail on Sunday
'An extremely entertaining and inspiring story of one woman's passionate transformation of a small, irregular shaped urban garden into a bountiful source of food.' --Woman & Home
'A gardening book like no other, this is the author's 'love letter' to her garden. She relays warm and witty stories about the trials and tribulations throughout her gardening year.' --Garden News
'this inspirational, funny book, written by someone who hankers after a homesteader's lifestyle, will make you look at even your window box in a new, more productive light.' --The Simple Things
About the Author
Charlotte Mendelson's first novel, Love in Idleness, was published in 2001. Her second, Daughters of Jerusalem (2003) won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. Her third, When We Were Bad (2007), was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Almost English, her fourth, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.
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20 March 2017
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is one of those books which you may not wish to read alone - purely as there are so many snippets you will want to read aloud to share with whoever is around you. My husband has patiently let me to do so numerous times during the reading of this book. This is not a book on how to garden - more a memoir by stealth - but nevertheless you will learn a great deal about gardening from reading it. I certainly did and I've been a keen, if haphazard, gardener for decades. It is opinionated, self-deprecating, but also very informative as Mendelson is excellent on what she chooses to grow and why. I found it vastly entertaining.
5 October 2016
For anyone who has ever wandered around town despairing of the waste of space in planters and verges, or bought yet another plant you've never heard of because it's cheap and you felt sorry for it. Charlotte has a slightly bigger garden than I do but it's still wonderful to read, her prose is poetic, infused with a gentle humour. Not a gardening book, this won't tell you what to plant where, but that's OK because like the author, if you're reading this book you're probably the sort who'll ignore all gardening advice anyway.
8 November 2016
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book is brilliant, everyone is going to get one for Christmas regardless as if they have the slightest interest in gardening! Charlotte Mendelson writes with such humour and wit and this book had me sniggering at every page. I live in a flat and only have a window box but she captures the longing and passion that every fustrated wannabe gardener has every time they set foot near a 'proper' garden or indeed a garden centre. This book has appeal for everyone due to the humour, tenderness and skill of the writer.
3 August 2017
I seldom write book reviews, but this one is great. If you are a gardener, you will laugh all through book. Very well written and very true to my experiences. I have almst finished it, I don't want it to end,so I'm rationing myself to a chapter at a time.
5 July 2017
Excellent, funny, honest book. Full of obsession,virtriol, anger and violence mostly against lemon balm. It may not be the perfect" how to manual" but it is certainly a brilliant "why to manual", full of the author's passion and love for her tiny imperfect garden. A refreshing change from the picture perfect mini Edens usually to be found in garden books. All written by someone who loves words as much as worms.
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A lovely read I admit to laughing a few times while reading this. Beautiful cover and a lovely writing style
Charlotte is a London-based novelist who is trapped between her insatiable addiction to gardening and the realities of a small back garden.Read more
I adored this book and read it at a sitting. I can't think when I've laughed so much. Mendelson writes beautifully - full of wit and passion.
This book excellently captures Charlotte's witty and frank voice (I am also rather a fan of her Instagram and Twitter pages). I enjoyed every word.