This book is a love letter to English horticulture written by a passionate gardener. Charlie plots his path through family tragedy and battles to bring his audacious plans for a garden to life in this inspirational memoir. A must-read for anyone who has dreamt of cultivating their own patch of land.
Skymeadow is a fascinating book. Facing mental breakdown, devastated by the death of his father and the serious illness of his mother, battling against the claustrophobia of working in the City, Charlie Hart broke free. Tracking down a farmhouse on the Suffolk border, he staved off his anguish by singlehandedly, by his own sweat and toil, over three years transforming the surrounding fields into a ravishing garden. The cast, including his adorable wife Sybilla, four very young children and a floating population of dogs and cats, provide an enchanting picture of family life. Every flower, every passing bud, every change in the season, is described with rapture. Charlie Hart is all heart and we cheer him on.
A gentle and very thoughtful read . . . his seamless weaving together of his own memoir with that of his garden is priceless. A beautifully written book and an inspiration
I loved it . . . poetic depiction of the English landscape . . . Although not everyone has the luxury of space in which to garden away the pain of loss and surrender to the vastness of creation, Charlie's message remains valid whether you own a single houseplant or a five-acre plot: taking care of plants is good for us, mind and body
This meditative book celebrates the healing effects of nature
A heart-warming memoir celebrating the healing powers of gardening and the beauty of nature
A memoir about mental health, bursting with metaphors about how nature can soothe and heal the soul
Thoughtfully written . . . a touching and reviving read
An enthralling and delightful debut . . . a welcome addition to the genre . . . a profoundly spiritual book whose creation and growth is described with a deeply lyrical, touching and often almost biblical love of language and sense of ritual
Charlie Hart's wonderful memoir Skymeadow encapsulates perfectly the healing quality of horticulture