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The quirkiest garden book Roy Strong has read in years

Meet the eccentric aristocrat who gardens in diamonds, with a gin in one hand and a chainsaw in the other, in a review of Digging with the Duchess by Sam Llewellyn

13 December 2014

9:00 AM

13 December 2014

9:00 AM

Digging with the Duchess Sam Llewellyn

New Hat, pp.112, £10, ISBN: 9780992768898

Incredulity is rarely a word that crosses my mind when it comes to garden writing. This genre can, of course, be quite straight-forward and descriptive, like Miss Jekyll’s rather boring volumes. It can equally be wildly funny, as when Anne Scott-James and Osbert Lancaster hitch their respective wagons to horticulture and produce a spoof history.

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Available from New Hat, The Hope, Lyonshall, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3HT. tel: 01544 340636 www.diggingwiththeduchess.co.uk sam@samllewellyn.com

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