- Title: The Morville Year
- Author: Katherine Swift
- ISBN: 9781408811092
- Page: 244
- Format: Hardcover
The Morville Hours won widespread praise from critics and readers alike for the crisp beauty of Katherine Swift s prose as she described the birth and development of her garden at the Dower House at Morville in Shropshire Now Swift, one of the most admired gardening writers of her generation, returns to describe a year in the life of the garden in The Morville Year.From tThe Morville Hours won widespread praise from critics and readers alike for the crisp beauty of Katherine Swift s prose as she described the birth and development of her garden at the Dower House at Morville in Shropshire Now Swift, one of the most admired gardening writers of her generation, returns to describe a year in the life of the garden in The Morville Year.From the new beginnings and green shoots of March as the weather teeters back and forth between Winter and Spring as if trying to make up its mind, through the intoxicating simple pleasures of the first smell of freshly mown grass and May flower festivals, all the way through the year in her wonderful garden, Swift takes the reader on a journey that will appeal to gardeners and non gardeners alike Every bit as beautifully produced as The Morville Hours, the book will include chapter opening illustrations by Dawn Burford and four inserts of colour photography one for each season by Jane Sebire to show the garden in all its splendour Those who loved The Morville Hours will again fall under Katherine s spell while those who haven t yet been taken to Morville will delight in discovering it for the first time.
Recent Comments "The Morville Year"
I loved The Morville Hours, and this book is every bit as good. It takes you through a year in the garden at Morville, starting in the Spring. However, it is not a gardening diary as such and the subject matter can lead to a variety of different places and topics, always interesting.I'm no gardener (trying to learn) but knowing next to nothing about the subject makes no difference to the enjoyment this book brings. I'm deeply impressed by the fact that Swift could 'talk through' the garden in th [...]
I quite enjoyed this book. It was divided into chapters that described various gardening things by the month. Several years were listed under each month. The entries were some information, but lots of feelings. It felt a bit like opening a good box of chocolates and choosing which one to eat between all the good choices. We do have one difference. She writes that she enjoys the winter and the cold days. I don't. I learned that a drink called sloe gin fizz is actually made from a fruit called slo [...]
This is a compilation of Katherine Swift's gardening columns and an absolute delight to read. She is a gifted writer and her reflections on gardens, plants, weather, clouds, cats and relationships is enchanting and engaging. I have just ordered one of her other books to read as I really enjoyed this. I only feel guilty when I look outside at the jungle that is my garden. I wonder if she fancies having a go at it
Another delightful book from Katherine Swift. A slower read than the Morville Hours, it centres more on gardens than her first book. Maybe I should have given this four and three-quarter stars but reading this on a dull February day conjures up such delightful pictures I can dismiss my marginal preference to her earlier book.Swift's prose brightens the dullest days in the same way as sunshine and a bunch of flowers. Long may she continue to garden and to write about it.
I have been reading the Morville Hours throughout 2014 enjoying Katherine Swift's reflections on her garden as they kept me company through the year. I found I share many of her interests, enthusiasms and reflections to the extent this book has deepened my pleasure in my own garden. My only regret is that the year has now come to an end and with it her constant companionship.
If you want beautiful writing about a garden (and other people's gardens, and books, and cats, and bees, and food), I thoroughly recommend both the Morville books.
This book was a pleasure to read! and a lovely education in gardening.
The perfect balance between garden account, history and philosophical musings.
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