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Life in the Garden
Life in the Garden | Penelope Lively
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The two central activities in my life - alongside writing - have been reading and gardening. Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two successive Oxfordshire gardens of her own, and the smaller urban garden in the North London home she lives in today. It is also a wise, engaging and far-ranging exploration of gardens in literature, from Paradise Lost to Alice in Wonderland, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.
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RowReads1
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readordierachel Lovely edition 💕 1mo
batsy So pretty! 1mo
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PlantyLibrarian
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From grand palatial gardens to quaint window boxes, from literary inspirations to suburban hobby, gardens have been part of the human makeup for centuries. Penelope Lively takes her shrewd eye and turns it onto our flowers, fruits, and veggies and reminds us that gardens inspire us, they sustain us, and that humans have an innate need to get their hands dirty and watch their gardens grow.

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perfectlywinged
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Enjoying this look at Gardens in literature and what they symbolize for us.

erzascarletbookgasm What a pretty cover! 1y
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This is one of my favorite covers ever. I really enjoyed this novel. It‘s just over 200 pgs and broken into a few summarized categories like gardens in art, gardens in books, fashionable gardening etc. I think gardeners and readers would enjoy this book. Intrigued by Moon Tiger now...

ns510reads I would definitely recommend Moon Tiger! Might just have to check this one out myself 2y
beaconhillbooks @ns510reads awesome just got it from the library! 2y
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MagdaRosol
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Gardens!

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beaconhillbooks
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Love these chapter pages. So far the two chapters I‘ve read have started with Woolf and du Maurier 👍🏻

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catebutler
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Yesterday I started, Penelope Lively‘s memoir, ‘Life in the Garden‘. This time of year always makes my green thumb itch, so this is the perfect read at the moment. Lively discusses her own gardens throughout her life as well as those talked about in literature, from ‘Paradise Lost‘ to ‘Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland‘, and of writers and their gardens, from Virginia Woolf to Philip Larkin.

#gardening #memoir

JanJan This is a beautiful photo! 2y
AmyG Pretty book cover and lovely photo ! (edited) 2y
peacegypsy Oooh, I want a sip! Great picture! 2y
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EvieBee I‘ve been wanting to get my hands on this one! Look forward to your thoughts. I like gardening books too and was considering OLD HERBACIOUS. Lovely pic, too! ♥️♥️ 2y
catebutler @JanJan Thank you, Jan! 2y
catebutler @AmyG Thanks Amy! A good table at a favourite café does wonders for a photo. ? 2y
catebutler @peacegypsy They have the best lattes! 2y
catebutler @EvieBee I have a feeling you‘d love it, Eve! I have ‘Old Herbacious‘ sitting on my nightstand. It has been recommended to me so many times. Can‘t wait for both of us to read it. 2y
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Questionablepotato
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Is it spring yet?

ofclumsywords I wish it was!!! It seems to be taking its sweet time more that usual! 2y
Questionablepotato @Ofclumsywords It so feels like it! I just want to plant my little container garden. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💐🌼🌻🌺🏵 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 🎊🎉🙌🏻📚 2y
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GlassAsDiamonds
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Cover buy that is proving delightful and snoozy cat (this is our rescue cat, cat integration continues. They‘re still separated and Puffs still scared but she‘s no longer terrified to be in the same house as Dash and they can be within a foot of each other (separated by a wooden screen or carrier) without her having a complete meltdown so I‘m counting it as progress!). #catsofLitsy

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
AmyG You‘ll get there. ❤️ 2y
Zelma 😻 sounds like good progress. 2y
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Soubhiville So pretty! Cats are tough to integrate, but it sounds like you‘re doing well! (edited) 2y
DebinHawaii Progress is always good! 🐱❤️ 2y
SandyW I hope you get there. I'll be in the same boat later this year, so fingers crossed for all of us! 2y
GlassAsDiamonds @SandyW Jackson Galaxy has become our guide and it does seem to be working! (But we had to have them see each other through the screen because a whole bunch of random circumstances). Still, we‘re about to go to feeding closer and closer through a closed door. Check out his YouTube but I‘ll let you know how it goes! 2y
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GlassAsDiamonds
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I love this concept, of storing away colours in memory to help later on 😊😊 (and in writing this, I‘ve been jumped over by a cat who could very easily have gone around... the chaos continues in case you were wondering 🤦🏻‍♀️😂🤦🏻‍♀️).

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batsy 😍 2y
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GlassAsDiamonds
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It‘s a slight cheat but #NovemberByTheNumbers for the 26th is .... 26 Books I would have bought in a heartbeat but for the fact my luggage is already stupidly full...(and given I‘m currently trying to pack said stupid luggage, I am slightly glad I resisted but only slightly!!!). 😊😊😊
#26
#twentysix