Wednesday, 13 August 2008

We the people...


Like Jane Perrone I'm working my way through (and aquiring) the complete works of Christopher Lloyd.

Last week I saw his Exotic planting for adventurous gardeners” in an Oxfam bookshop for £6.99. As the retail coverprice is £20 I thought "Way-hey!" and bought it straight away.

But now I find that The Book People have it for £6.99. I know that is what I paid for mine, but hell, I could have got a brand new one.

Still it was for charity.

5 comments:

emmat said...

Warning Warning! That is the one which essentially was completely not finished when he died. So, his great mates finished it off for him. So it is great, but it isn't, mostly, by him. Helen Dillon did the plant list, I think, and Fergus did a bit, and a few others too. He does reveal his inner love for begonias, I seem to recall, but there's a LOT of pages that are not by CL so ... there we go.

Martyn Cox said...

I absolutely love Gardener Cook, which was the first CL book I bought. It's the daddy of all gardening/cookery cross overs and was published way back in 1997. Were there any similar books before this? I can't think of any. Pics are by the excellent Howard Sooley as well.

emmat said...

I love Gardener Cook as well! Oh my god. He is just so good at recommending varieties. Is that the book where he reveals that Beth Chatto bought him his Magimix? that's probably my favourite bit of CL ever. I think he also says in that book
"Never send an ignoramus out to pick your spinach"

VP said...

I had to buy Gardener Cook after reading Dear Friend & Gardener. So many of the recipes were mentioned in there, I got extremely hungry!

My absolute favourite is Succession Planting for Adventurous Gardeners.

emmat said...

i have got "colour for adventurous gardeners" above my desk. It is sandwiched between a book about growing cut flowers (not by Dr Raven) and the Medicins San Frontieres annual report. I feel this is rather appropriate placing now I think about it