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Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst: The Creation of a Garden Hardcover – 6 Mar 2014
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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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Yesterday I visited Sissinghurst (perfect weather) and looked at the hard copy in the gift shop - the difference made me appreciate my mistake more fully; a beautiful book with very high production values with outstanding b/w and colour photographs all perfectly reproduced - the clarity of the books layout and design are consummate. Now this can be achieved for digital publications, and I have many digital art books with text that are more useful to me than text copies, primarily because I can magnify art works more easily. Virago have done considerable disservice to Sarah Raven, VSW and Sissinghurst, and of course to themselves, essentially manifesting a ‘can’t be arsed’ approach to the digital edition ~ what a shame.