If it's possible to sound exactly like an English country gardener, Owen Teale nails it. His narration of this series of essays on gardening carries the work along in a gentle yet compelling manner. The entries cover philosophy, botany, and personal memoir. The author's style is almost poetic at times. For example, he compares walking on frozen leaves to stepping on crinkled paper. He calls the garden's plants an orchestra and the gardener their conductor. Teale captures these cadences and tones wonderfully. The author is a one-man professional garden staff on a private estate near London. Teale modulates his voice when Hamer quotes the elderly woman who owns the estate. This gentle, loving book is narrated in an equally gentle, loving way. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2021]
Trade Ed. Greystone Books 2021
DD ISBN $18.87
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