The Writer's Garden: How gardens inspired our best-loved authors

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Great things happen in gardens. No one can doubt the importance of the garden in Roald Dahl's life as it was here where he worked, and here that he created James and the Giant Peach. And where would Jane Austen have been if she had never seen a 'walk', an ornamental lake, or a wilderness?

Gardens hold a special place in many author's lives. For Beatrix Potter, Hill Top house was made possible by the new found freedom and wealth that a literary career can bring; for Sir Walter Scott, laying out his garden at Abbotsford was a way of distracting himself from mounting debts.

In this book of 18 gardens and 20 writers, the author examines how the poet, writer, novelist derived a creative spirit from their private garden, how they tended and enjoyed their gardens, and how they managed their outdoor space.

Jane Austen at Godmersham and Chawton

Rupert Brooke at Grantchester

John Ruskin at Brantwood

Agatha Christie at Greenway

Beatrix Potter at Hill Top

Roald Dahl at Gipsy House

Charles Dickens at Gad's Hill Place

Virginia Woolf at Monk's House

Winston Churchill at Chartwell

Laurence Sterne at Shandy Hall

George Bernard Shaw at Shaw's Corner

Ted Hughes at Lumb Bank

Henry James followed by E.F. Benson at Lamb House

John Clare at Helpston

Thomas Hardy at Hardy's Cottage and Max Gate

Robert Burns at Ellisland

William Wordsworth at Cockermouth and Grasmere

Walter Scott at Abbotsford

Rudyard Kipling at Bateman's

Publication Date: 
July 5, 2016