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The Road to Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey Hardcover – 25 Apr 2013
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It s part travelogue to some of France s best and most historic gardens, part treasure trove of historical anecdotes.... Delve deeper, and you ll discover a book that s also a philosophical exploration of national identity, a partial memoir, and a meditation about the role gardens play in conveying our aspirations, our values even our memories -- The Scotsman
"Don emphasises that it is not a guide to French gardens but merely the story of a man travelling around France visiting a few gardens on the way. He offers a glimpse at some of the love affairs, feuds, thwarted ambitions and desires behind gardens such as Versailles, Vaux le Vicomte and Courances -- Daily Telegraph
"Engaging, informative and often surprisingly critical...more poignant and valuable than any mere travelogue or garden guide -- --Evening Standard
About the Author
Monty Don is the presenter of Gardener's World on BBC TV, and the bestselling author of a number of books.
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My initial concerns over my profound lack of horticultural knowledge were soon allayed as I quickly found myself scything through pages of the author's personal journey through the formative stages of his life; underpinned by an appreciation for, and an articulation of the gardening styles of the nation of France.
The narrative was light; witty and peppered with the sublime. It is one of the few books that has allowed me to escape the grim realities of the daily grind; feeling refreshed at journeys end.