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New edition of A Rage for Rock Gardening by Nicola Shulman

Written by Nicola Shulman, A Rage for Rock Gardening, The Story of Reginald Farrer, gardener, writer and plant collector was hugely successful when it was first published in 2002.  Now, by popular demand, we have brought out a new edition with a beautiful new cover as an ebook for those of you who have discovered a love of the digital.

A hundred years ago, there was a revolution in British gardening, as the garden changed from being a diversion of dukes to the hobby of millions. Few figures were more prominent in this renaissance than Reginald Farrer, whose passion for alpines, the most demanding of plants, would inspire generations with a love of flowers. He was the man who put a rockery in every back garden.

Tormented by physical and emotional misfortune, Farrer was one of those ‘born to endless night’. Yet in the realm of horticulture his many faults were turned to advantages, and he became one of the great plant-hunters, collecting new species from the mountains of Tibet and China.

Through the influence of his extraordinary books, Farrer did for English gardening what, half and century later, Elizabeth David would do for is cooking, changing it for ever.

Here’s what the papers said when we first published it:

‘A little masterpiece’ – Daily Mail

‘All lovers of natural history should read this book, as should connoisseurs of Edwardian England and anyone who wants to learn the art of biography.’ – Ruth Rendell, Sunday Times

‘Farrer’s whole life story is so bizarre… that the reader will blink, first with astonishment, then with pleasure at every detail… Am elegant mini masterpiece.’ – Antonia Fraser, Tatler.

‘An unforgettable biography… A real treat.’ – Country Life

Shulman has seen in her epicene, dwarfish subject some ineffable quality that reaches beyond rock gardens and touches the universal…’ – Daily Telegraph

 

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