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Sissinghurst, an Unfinished History


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"In his quest to restore his family home of Sissinghurst to its rightful place as a working farm and productive part of the England's food web, Nicolson creates a flawless narrative of enchantment, a bricolage of impermeable clay, crumbling castles, tucked away wildwoods, civic inertia, medieval history and a haunting childhood, as magical a work of art as his grandmother Vita Sackville-West's white garden."
-Paul Hawken, Author of "Blessed Unrest" and "The Ecology of Commerce"
"To see Vita Sackville-West's legendary garden return to life as an edible landscape fills me with hope. Adam Nicolson's determination to restore a working farm in complete harmony with one of the world's most famous and beautiful gardens is faithful not only to the memory of his family but also to the memory of the land itself. "Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History" has all the elements of a wonderful drama, but ultimately its message about the importance of good stewardship of the land and of nourishing the community prevails. It is clear that like his famous grandmother, Nicolson is a scribe of The Land."
-Alice Waters, Founder of Chez Panisse and Author of "The Art of Simple Food" and many Chez Panisse cookbooks
"This wise and tender book, unsentimentally devoted to the story of one tiny corner of old England, should touch each one of us who loves the wild magic that is land, landscape and the creatures that live there. On one level "Sissinghurst" is a charming portrait of an ancient and beautiful house in Kent; on another a poignant and amusing portrait of the English class system at full gallop. Most important, though, it is a clarion call for the preservation of all that is good, sensible and environmentally prudent about the farming ways of old, a cry that will linger for a long, long while."
-Simon Winchester, Author of "The Professor and the Madman, The Map that Changed the World," and "Krakatoa"
Praise from the UK for "Sissinghurst"

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