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Virgin Earth

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: Tradescant Series, Book 2
Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

The sequel to the outstanding historical novel Earthly Joys, by the internationally best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory.

A brand-new recording - available as an unabridged digital audio edition for the first time.

John Tradescant the Younger has inherited his father’s unique collection of plants along with his unerring ability to nurture them. But as gardener to Charles I, he confronts an unbearable dilemma when England descends into Civil War. Fleeing from the chaos, John travels to the Royalist colony of Virginia in America. But the virgin land is not uninhabited. John’s plant hunting brings him to live with the native people, and he learns to love and respect their way of life just as it is threatened by the colonial settlers.

In the new world and the old, the established order is breaking down, and every family has to find its own way of surviving. For the Tradescants, through the upheavals of the Commonwealth and the Restoration, this means consolidating their reputations as the greatest gardeners in the country.

©2019 Philippa Gregory (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Subtle and exciting." (Daily Express)

"For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating." (Sunday Times)

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Great story & tribute to the Tradescant family

I am so pleased I heard both books. Such a great story and history around the Tradescant family and all that they brought to Enhance the gardens and countryside of England, including the historical aspect and how their lives were woven into those troubled times politically. Thank you it was so interesting and brought history to life.

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Loved every minute

Excellent listening and extremely well read.
I will recommend to all my friends
Thank you

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Great

I loved these books. Would have welcomed an author’s note on historical accuracy vs creative licence. But extremely interesting on many levels.

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Not so sure of the second book

Loved the history and the research that went into both books but found the character of John Jnr unsympathetic, cold and slightly unbelievable especially with regard to his love of his first wife and Sukkahana. Also the end of this book dragged on and seemed merely to serve the purpose of killing off John’s son and introducing Mr Ashmole. The civil war itself was dealt with in some depth to begin with and rushed towards the end of the book.
The reading and production were very good - if I had been reading the book I might have flicked through some of the last quarter.