The Morville Hours

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Bloomsbury, Apr 1, 2009 - Formal gardens - 368 pages
17 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 Hourstakes 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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User Review  - Jane King - Goodreads

I'm afraid I've given up on this one. It feels overwritten to me. I just can't get into it. Read full review

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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

About the author (2009)

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 Dublinwith Anthony Cains and Pergolas, Arbours and Arches: Their History and How to Make Them withPaul Edwards and Jessica Smith. The Morville Hoursis her third book.

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