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Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst: The Creation of a Garden Hardcover – 6 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844088960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844088966
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dripping in gardening romance . . . [Raven] delights in Vita's chatty writing . . . Read it. You'll be delighted by its charm (English Garden)

Full of evocative details . . . elegant . . . Raven's book also quietly reveals the more complicated story behind the apparent ease of inherited wealth (Independent on Sunday)

[A] well-illustrated hommage, from an intimate perspective, to Vita and her gardening style . . . [Raven's] assessment of Vita's achievement is respectful but not subservient. Her clear-eyed confidence is contagious. (Spectator)

The exquisitely beautiful garden - now in the care of the National Trust - and Vita . . . are wonderful candidates for books; together, they are doubly engaging . . . Sarah Raven gives a vivid insight into the making of Sissinghurst (House & Garden)

Sarah Raven has a unique knowledge and appreciation of the garden and its creator . . . Her book paints a brilliant and captivating portrait of a great garden and its creators (Lady)

Without doubt the seminal work on the creation of Sissinghurst . . . delightful . . . impossible to put down . . . I cannot recommend it enough (Garden Design Journal)

The line between cherishing the best of the past and celebrating the future is a fine one, but Raven treads it with exemplary energy and tact in this lovely book, with its delightful black-and-white archive photographs of Vita and Harold, and its ravishing colour plates of the garden in its glory (Daily Mail)

A joy . . . [Sarah Raven's book is] about beauty, enjoyment, celebration of making - everything that good gardening ought to be. Its atmosphere is as consoling as sun-warmed brick. It is fastidiously illustrated by beautiful photographs old and new. Raven believes, justifiably, that a dynamic past can instruct the present and her book is a bid to see that Vita's thinking is not stilled . . . Best of all is the dashing abundance of plant ideas . . . Sarah Raven proves a most graceful chaperone, chiming in, amplifying . . . This book and Vita's ideas will inspire and, if you are even half a gardener, have you reaching for your gardening gloves with new purpose (Kate Kellaway Observer)

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A lavish hardback celebrating one of Britain's best-loved gardens.

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Through the prose of these two writers we enter into the realm of delight as how this English show garden was born.
Sarah Raven has a nice way with words and how cleverly she incorporates Vita's words into her chapters.
It is not a coffee table book of photos (If you seek this also buy Tony Lord's Sissinghurst book or Jane Brown's Sissinghurst book with photos by John Miller). Regretfully, whilst it is perfectly bound book, it does not open neatly for reading in bed. You need to be seated at your reading table.
I really enjoyed the read, hard to set down. Walls and roses are well covered in the chapters and give a nice insight to the use of roses.
Enjoy the book as I have here in New Zealand.
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I decided to get this book as I really like Sarah Ravens previous books, and I am hoping to go to Sissinghurst this year. I am just half way through the book and I am really enjoying it. Its easy to read, I like the chapter layouts, great ideas in each chapter. Lovely colour photos but I would love to have seen more colour photos throughout. It has lots of black and white photos (some obviously would have been black and white) but others, colour ones would enhance the book further. I have had to read the book alongside another book to find out what the plants look like that Sarah and Vita beautifully describe. I have definitely got lot of ideas that I am desperate to try, and lots of plants to buy! and its made me see shrubs in a different light. I can't wait to go and see the garden now. Glad I bought the book.
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I write monthly for Garden Design Journal and also write book reviews for them. I have written reviews for a few years now but only once before have I felt the need to tell the author how much I enjoyed their book.

I have just completed my review of Sarah Ravens latest book and I wanted to tell her that I think this is the best work ever done on Sissinghurst, by far. The black and white photographs are sublime, simply breath-taking, even leaving one emotional. To have access to such material and family knowledge makes me extremely envious. Sarah's love of the place is obvious to see.

One of my most popular talks is on Sissinghurst and I foolishly thought I knew all there was to know about Vita and the garden, how wrong I was. I only had the review pdf to work from but I still could not put it down.

The book really is wonderful, thank you Sarah for writing about it, I will recommend it to everyone at my talks.
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What a lovely and such an informative book I am so pleased to have purchased it and sure I will enjoy every page! With a a glass of something cool on a summer's day in my tiny garden! and see and read about such a wonderful place.
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By Helen on 3 April 2014
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Dreadful shame that the previously unpublished photos are printed on the text pages, not in good definition, as they deserve...
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Only just received this book so have not had the opportunity to give it my full attention. However, from a quick flick through the pages and reading a snippet here and there, it certainly catches my imagination for possible planting schemes in my own garden.
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Love this book. Story telling and gardening rolled into one. I love the combination of biography and garden information.
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This is a very interesting book about the way a garden was formed. As a child my Gran befriended a lovely coloured gentleman who worked in these gardens so once again it brought back many memories. The way its put together makes it an easy read and you feel as if you are there with them without the backbreaking work
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