4 books on the list
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Rhapsody in Green
A novelist, an obsession, a laughably small excuse for a vegetable garden
"Rhapsody in Green" by Charlotte Mendelson is an award-winning novel that tells the story of the author's addiction to gardening. Despite having only six square meters of urban soil and a few pots, Mendelson takes the reader on a journey through her gardening year, from Late Winter to Fantasy, sharing tips on everything from Wasting Money Wisely to Thirty-Three Alternatives to Lettuce. This unique celebration of gardening will inspire city-dwellers and those with limited space to discover their own bountiful source of food and happiness.
As I sat giggling in my reading chair a family member said: 'are you reading that book on gardening again? I can't believe a book about gardening could possibly make anyone laugh that much.' Well, I was. And it did. Thank you @CharlotteMende1 – source
Five Writers in London Between the Wars
Discover the inspiring stories of five brilliant women writers who all found a new sense of freedom in London's historic Mecklenburgh Square. Among them are Virginia Woolf, classicist Jane Harrison, and detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers. Follow their lives as they sought to live, love, and work independently in the era when the opportunities for women were rapidly expanding. This engrossing book offers a novelistic style and unique perspective on pioneering women whose work enriched the possibilities for future generations.
I feel that Francesca Wade owes me some share of her royalties as I recommended her book SQUARE HAUNTING: FIVE WOMEN, FREEDOM AND LONDON BETWEEN THE WARS to so many of my friends. I sometimes get annoyed by the Bloomsbury Group but this was the antidote. – source
The Little White Horse
Discover the story of Maria Merryweather, a determined thirteen-year-old orphan who arrives at Moonacre Manor, her family's ancestral home in an enchanted village in England's West Country. Despite feeling like she's entered Paradise, Maria quickly learns of a sadness shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it. Determined to restore peace and happiness to the valley, Maria finds herself involved with an ancient feud and discovers it is her destiny to end it and right the wrongs of her ancestors. Enter a world of new-fashioned fantasy and classic fairy tales with this enchanting book that inspired both a mini-series and a movie adaptation.
@debmarson @Amanda_Vickery The Little White Horse, now THERE'S a book I LOVE. – source
Also recommended byJ. K. Rowling
The Young Elizabeth
Follow the tumultuous life of the young Elizabeth, constantly in and out of favor with her father, King Henry VIII, and navigating the dangerous world of royal courts. From the age of eight, Elizabeth learns that treading carefully is key to survival, as one misstep could lead to a grisly end. Will she successfully navigate the dangers that surround her, or will she fall victim to the same fate as many before her?
This was my favourite book for quite a long time when I was little. Didn't guess that I'd ever end up working there! – source