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    Roy Strong(Author) Julia Trevelyan Oman(Drawings)

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In 1987 Roy Strong was asked to write an occasional column reflecting his quintessentially English way of life. "A Country Life" brings these pieces together, portraying the passing of the seasons in what the author describes as his "beloved adopted county" of Herefordshire. It is a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of memories and observations, embracing the countryside, gardens, cooking and remembrances of things both long gone and only yesterday. Strong writes lyrically of the arrival of the bright green tarragon shoots in spring; of the delights of eating al fresco; of making sorbets from medlar, blackberry and quince; and of the russet beech hedges in winter. Quinquagesima sees the arrival of Lent lilies; a bad winter is signalled by frantic bee activity among the drones; and Christmas brings a winding down before the New Year. This is a portrait of life in the English countryside which seems as old as time itself.

'This memoir of rural life, albeit at its most manicured, will in years come to rank alongside such classics as CIDER WITH ROSIE' -- INDEPENDENT‘Sir Roy was blessed at birth, or the font, with the tongue of a ready writer. His prose is compulsive' -- A N Wilson

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  • By Bunny Allbrook on 4 December 2007

    If you like gardens, the country and listening to someone worthwhile with a host of easy flowing thoughts and reminiscences - you will love this book. Roy Strong has a style which informs and entertains and never bores. A book to read to cheer. A book to leave in a guest room. A country classic.

  • By james crichton on 4 January 2016

    I was very pleased with this collection of Sir Roy Strong's garden stories.Sir Roy is at the front of garden design history and I was delighted to read about his own trials and tribulations in gardening.He seems most fortunate to have met so many great gardeners and have those discussions that gardeners have.As gardeners we learn from our own mistakes, from talking to experienced gardeners and from reading good books; this is one of those good books.

  • By philomena white on 25 February 2015

    Totally entertaining - one of those rare books that you can pick up and read just a few pages and be totally entertained.


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