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The Morville Hours: The Story of a Garden | [Katherine Swift]

The Morville Hours: The Story of a Garden

An intriguing story of a place, a person and the garden she created. In 1988 Katherine Swift arrived at the Dower House at Morville to create a garden of her own. This beautifully written, utterly absorbing book is the history of the many people who have lived in the same Shropshire house, tending the same soil, passing down stories over the generations. Spanning thousands of years, The Morville Hours takes the form of a medieval Book of Hours.
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Publisher's Summary

An intriguing story of a place, a person and the garden she created. In 1988 Katherine Swift arrived at the Dower House at Morville to create a garden of her own. This beautifully written, utterly absorbing book is the history of the many people who have lived in the same Shropshire house, tending the same soil, passing down stories over the generations. Spanning thousands of years, The Morville Hours takes the form of a medieval Book of Hours.

It is a meditative journey through the seasons, but also a journey of self-exploration. It is a book about finding one's place in the world and putting down roots.

©2008 Katherine Swift (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A magical book. I have read it twice now. I love the richness of Katherine Swift's prose; the flashes of her family's story that are scattered through the deliciously written text; the gorgeous detail. The Morville Hours is the most beautiful book I have read in years." (Nigel Slater)

"This is gardening writing at its best. Swift's prose brings the garden alive in all its details, scents and meaning ... Evocative, heartfelt and magical." (Guardian)

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    Rogayah Reading, United Kingdom 20/09/2011
    Rogayah Reading, United Kingdom 20/09/2011 Member Since 2007
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    "Enchanting hours"

    The story of the gardens at Morville is much more that just their making. It is the story of many lives and the history of this part of Shropshire. It is the sort of book that makes one want to go outside inspired to garden! Brilliant.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Willitts England 10/02/2013
    A. Willitts England 10/02/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfect marriage of person and prose"

    A perfect marriage of person and prose. Katherine Swift's captivating account of making a garden treats the historical and biographical as the frame on which her garden story grows. I have lost count of the number of times I've listened to this book which satisfies in every way that a story should. You cannot help but fall in love with the garden as she did. Buy it and you'll always have a place to go to when you need sustenance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison NORTHWICH, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Alison NORTHWICH, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "History lesson, gardening and meditation ..."

    This is a simply beautiful book which manages to combine history, gardening information, and a gentle meditation on the passing of time all in one wonderfully accessible book. This is not the kind of book which I would normally choose, but I found myself mesmerised by the descriptions and the wonderful titbits of information which I gained. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommended.

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    Kl Love Wassenaar Netherlands 15/05/2012
    Kl Love Wassenaar Netherlands 15/05/2012 Member Since 2011

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    "Many-faceted"

    This book is not quite like anything else I've come across. It is a meditation on the history of a garden, a village, a part of England, a woman. The different elements combine seamlessly, with each of the different layers of experience providing context for the others.

    Katherine Swift writes beautifully, and the fact that she herself is the narrator means that her carefully chosen words receive exactly the emphasis she wants.

    I loved it.

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