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A Year in Lush Places Paperback – 27 Jun 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: FeedaRead.com (27 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782996540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782996545
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maddie Grigg’s romp through country life in deep west Dorset is poignant, funny and very readable. It’s the story of a year of a cheerful village full of improbable characters with often a dash of Ambridge about them. It’s a novella but is it? Seems pretty like villages I have known.

Lush Places is small in size and huge in eccentric characters, Maddie Grigg’s partner Mr Griggs being a major player with a touch of the heroic. Then there’s the good Pelly Sheepwash, flirtatious Posh Totty, Mr Champagne-Charlie, Celebrity Farmer and Darling Loggins. They lead standard village lives that is to say, as anyone who lives in a village knows, heaving with excitement, drama, and emotional ferment.

Maddie Griggs loves her countryside and fills the book with vignettes of the passing seasons - stars and moon in cold January, bluebells on Bluebell Hill, bindweed and gooseberries in the summer, wood smoke in November, rooks buffeted by the wind in December. The countryside and the people of Lush Places vie for Maddie’s attention. People get gently laughed at, sympathized with and lightly ridiculed. Not so the land. The countryside is a radiant constant, nurturing her and the village, always there and always inspiring.
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If you haven't the good fortune to live in lush and lovely Dorset, reading this book will transport you swiftly there. Maddie Grigg's tale of rural life is full of enchantment and wit, and not a little eccentricity with a cast of rowdy characters like Champagne Charlie, Mr Loggins and equestrian minx, Posh Totty. And while I couldn't identify the "rural underbelly" mentioned in the subtitle of the book, there are plenty of dubious escapades, not least the nocturnal misadventures involving Cornish pasties. This book is a light and lovely summer read.
Marjory McGinn author of Homer's Where the Heart Is
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This book is a must read for anyone regardless of whether or not you have followed the blog.
A Year in Lush Places is witty and descriptive allowing you to form a clear image of the Enchanted Village and the people who live there. More in depth than the blog it gives you an insight into Maddies thoughts and feelings as well as being able to follow all the goings on in the village. There is a running theme of the up n downs of Mr & Mrs Griggs relationship throughout the book and by the end you find yourself willing them for a happy ending.
This book made me chuckle a lot and laugh out loud at times whilst wondering what it would be like to live in a village full of such characters.
Highly enjoyable, humorous and exciting I would most definitely recommend this book.
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I loved this book. If you're looking for something light weight and humorous to read on the beach this book's for you. Small enough to tuck in to your beach bag, an easy to read light hearted take on life in a West Country village. You'll find yourself drawn in to the ups and downs of the life of author Maddie Grigg and her village neighbours, and longing to move to a "sleepy" village yourself - if this is what it's really like! My only criticism is that the ending comes too quickly and is rather corny.....but this doesn't detract from the book as a whole . In conclusion - an easy, enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to the next instalment - . p.s. the book appears to be based on a blog written by the author which can still be followed online.
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This book about the "enchanted village" is truly enchanting. Full of humour, love and good natured gossip about her neighbours I fell in love with both Maddie Griggs and the people who reside in this remote Dorset village. Based on true life and real people, to whom she gives nicknames, the author makes ordinary rural living extraordinary. My favourite book of the year.
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A wonderful humorous yet poignant story of village life. It shows Maddie Griggs as a lover of nature and people, as well as a storyteller of orinary events that become interesting and out of the ordinary.
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A Year in Lush Places refutes the line from Uncle George's poem, "there's lots of country living - but no real country life!" The book is a joy to read, introducing a variety of interesting characters and exploring many aspects of West Country life through a series of humorous and insightful incidents. It's a shame a year has only twelve months, I was looking forward to Chapter 13.
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