The Way of a Gardener: A Life's Journey

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Greystone Books, Apr 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Accomplished novelist, satirist, and garden writer Des Kennedy describes his life journey from a childhood of strict Irish Catholicism in England to a charmed existence amid the gardens of his Gulf Island home in British Columbia. From his First Holy Communion to his days as a young seminarian, through the Beat poetry scene in New York and the social upheavals of the 1960s, this monk-turned-pilgrim pursues a quest for meaning and purpose. After leaving monastic life and moving west, Kennedy takes up a new vocation in what has been called the Church of the Earth. On a rural acreage, he and his partner build their home from recycled and hand-hewn materials and create gardens that provide food as well as a symbiosis with the Earth that is as profoundly spiritual as past religious rituals. Spiced with irreverence and an eye for the absurd, The Way of a Gardener ranges over environmental activism, aboriginal rights, writing for a living, amateur wood butchery, the protocols of small community living, and the devilish obscenity of a billy goat at stud.

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About the author (2010)

Nominated three times for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, Des Kennedy is an accomplished novelist and satirist as well as a garden writer. He has lived for the past thirty-six years with his partner, Sandy, in their hand-hewn home on one of British Columbia's Gulf Islands. The author of countless magazine pieces and five previous books--two novels and three collections of essays, Kennedy has also made numerous TV and radio appearances and written for and narrated documentary films. A popular speaker on the gardening circuit, Kennedy has been active in the environmental scene for many years and was a founding director of a community land trust on his home island.

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