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Behind (almost) every great writer is a great garden

A review of A Writer's Garden: How Gardens Inspired Our Best-Loved Authors, by Jackie Bennett, with photographs by Richard Hanson. This visually appealing book includes everything from John Clare's cottage garden to Robert Burns's farm

8 November 2014

9:00 AM

8 November 2014

9:00 AM

The Writer’s Garden: How Gardens Inspired Our Best-Loved Authors Jackie Bennett (photographs by Richard Hanson)

Frances Lincoln, pp.176, £25, ISBN: 9780711234949

It is a truism that writers of all kinds often find inspiration and solace in their gardens, as well as protection from the outside world and its demands. After all, writing is a supremely solitary business and outside influences must be subtle and uplifting, not noisy and distracting, if writers are to flourish.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £20 Tel: 08430 600033. Ursula Buchan, a former Spectator gardening columnist,  is the author of The English Garden.

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