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on 12 March 2012
Allotments are becoming popular again across Britain, with waiting lists of up to 40 years in some London boroughs. A growing suspicion of GM food and environmental concerns over food miles and excess packaging add to the appeal of home-grown vegetables, as well as the attraction of having an outside space to escape to. On the Eighth Day God Created Allotments explores the history of the allotment, linking political ideology with the rise, fall and rise again in the interest in allotments. The author has a wide knowledge of the history of English radicalism, which coupled with a personal interest in his local allotment society creates an interesting polemic.
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on 12 March 2012
Although there is a lot written about the upkeep and maintenance of an allotment, the history of the English institution remains somewhat hidden. The author explores how the fate of the allotment has been tied to English political history over the last 200 years. The book looks at how key political figures, cultural movements and events have aided or hindered the growth of the allotment. David Boyle has written an essay which encompasses History, Economics and Politics. A personal enthusiasm for his subject also shines through. This book is something different, yet accessible and enjoyable.
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on 5 June 2012
I love visiting allottments, though I haven't actually had one. There is always a lovely atmosphere of camaraderie. Evey kind of division melts in the face of tomatoe blight. I sort of knew there was history there, but I didn;t know how it fitted in to social history, more especially, recent history. This has filled in many gaps for me, particularly where space has been been found for them and controversies that arose.. I also felt curious about changing fashions in vegetable and fruit growing and husbandry 0 how much is continuity and how much change. This book filled in these gaps for me in a lively and informative way. It should appeal to those interested in genveral social trends as well as to allottment holders and veg and fruit growers.
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on 16 July 2012
A surprisingly erudite work. The author starts with Elizabethan Poor Law and works his way forwards with a detailed account of prevailing political and religious attitudes. A readable and informative book.
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on 29 May 2013
Very interesting and in parts amusing book documenting the history of allotments.
Not quite finished it yet but very enjoyable
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on 9 June 2013
Great fun to find out the history of allotments and and makes me proud to be part of this trend.
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on 16 December 2014
Free download. Not for me but a good read all the same
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