The Morville Hours: The Story of a Garden

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A&C Black, Jan 17, 2011 - Gardening - 384 pages
18 Reviews
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.
  

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Review: The Morville Hours

User Review  - Jodie Willis coles - Goodreads

A slow read......nicely written, but not really what I was expecting. I liked the way the book followed the seasons in the guise of a book of hours, hearing tales of local people/places contented to the garden. Read full review

Review: The Morville Hours

User Review  - Jodie Coles - Goodreads

A slow read......nicely written, but not really what I was expecting. I liked the way the book followed the seasons in the guise of a book of hours, hearing tales of local people/places contented to the garden. Read full review

Contents

A Note about Books of Hours
I Come to Morville
Vigils
Lauds
Prime
Terce
Sext
None
Vespers
Compline
Acknowledgements
Notes
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Katherine Swift lives at The Dower House, Morville Hall in Shropshire. She worked as a rare book librarian in Oxford and Dublin before becoming a full-time gardener and writer in 1988. She was for four years gardening columnist of The Times, and has written widely in the gardening press, including an acclaimed series on the gardens and landscapes of Orkney for Hortus. She is the author of Preserving Our Printed Heritage: Long Room Project at Trinity College Dublin with Anthony Cains and Pergolas, Arbours and Arches: Their History and How to Make Them with Paul Edwards and Jessica Smith. The Morville Hours is her third book.

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