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Genre: Biography & Memoirs
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780749082246
Pages: 240
Rights: World
Pub. Date: 30th May 2006

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Allotments have become the must-have accessory for urban dwellers.

This is a warm and engaging insight into life on a London allotment: a tender story of flowers and food, sheds and greenhouses, gardeners and local councils. A book to be cherished by any city resident who has dreamt about country life.

View from a Shed is not a book about gardening.  It is a book about people who garden.
People like Mrs Fuller, almost 100 years old, who remembers watching supervised Italian POWs during WW1, demolish the local manor house; General Safi who was the Protector of the King of Afghanistan but fled his native country after being imprisoned and tortured; and the author Michael Wale who has had an allotment since 1980 and has an obsession with compost. 

Allotments have always been a huge part of urban life and it is the history and politics of allotments that informs Wale's narrative.  As he takes the reader on a tour of the seasons in his allotment world, including his battles with councils and poorly sprouting vegetables, he engages with his fellow gardeners and tells their stories.

· Beautifully illustrated with  specially commissioned watercolours

· Includes seasonal recipes

· Quirky and funny as well as informative

A delightful companion if you already own an allotment, and if you don't, it's an incentive to go out and get your own piece of country pie.

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