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on 25 April 2013
I wanted this book for the pictures and was not immediately enthralled but by page 5 couldn't put it down. THe illustrations are beautiful, the writing is lively and the stories that interweave, of Mrs Delaney and Molly Peacock, are quite gripping. A lovely book.
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on 12 December 2012
First seen on a competitors website for double the price. Bought as a Christmas present for a very sprightly 86 year old with a keen interest in both art and horticulture. This is a beautiful looking book on a quirkly, little known subject matter. Would recommend.
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on 2 April 2014
This is a well researched book which I feel would have been more appropriate for the British market with some judicious editing. The American Author is a published poet and therefore some rather fanciful assumptions; she weaves bits of her own history into the book which may intrigue some readers. Mrs Delany moved in high circles, very much a women of her time and class and her craft work is truly amazing. The book is worth reading just to discover the method she used to make her remarkable "Paper Garden" but beware I was quite shocked by some unacceptable language which is why I gave 3 stars instead of 5.
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on 7 May 2015
Ms Peacock has a well researched book, however her choice to use the c*** word in the introduction connotes meanings that are not commensurate with Mrs Delany's time, nor with any possible reading one might make of her character from what we know of her life. The inclusion of this unfortunate word at the outset of the book lowered my opinion of the entire work, and brought into question Peacock's reading of this life-affirming and gentile lady.
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on 3 April 2014
loved though though writing too slangy and personal, not enough about suject. Ilustrations brilliant but there are better books written
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on 12 April 2015
superb quality and value
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