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The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit by Helena Attlee
  

The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit

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Sue Baker's view...

The delight of being surprised by a book and this is one such delight - an unassuming story – a somewhat odd one perhaps – the history of citrus fruit in Italy. In Helena Atlee’s hands it’s transformed into a magical story. That citrus fruit should have such a story to tell is one surprise, the other is the Italian devotion to citrus, the amount of different varieties and their origins and above all the story of all the prized and bizarre citrus fruits we never see for sale. Helena Atlee is an expert on Italian gardens and her story is of a personal hunt, crammed in between garden visits, it’s a romantic story beautifully told and a brilliant ray of sunshine on the horrible winter’s day when I first read The Land Where the Lemons Grow.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Lemon groves summon up a vision of heat and romance with their dark leaves and luminously beautiful fruit that is somehow a part of the spirit of Italy. The author is a garden writer, but her journey into the history of citrus fruit led her to remotely rural parts of Italy and to Sicily where, for instance, the best blood oranges in the world grow in the shadow of Mount Etna. This book is a mixture of travel writing, history, horticulture and art, and takes the reader on a gorgeous, sensual journey deep into the mystery of citrus groves.
~ The Good Book Guide

Synopsis

The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit by Helena Attlee

This is a delightful book about Italy's unexpected history, told through its citrus fruits. The story of citrus runs through the history of Italy like a golden thread, and by combining travel writing with history, recipes, horticulture and art, Helena Attlee takes the reader on a unique and rich journey through Italy's cultural, moral, culinary and political past. 4 stars. Attlee, who knows and loves Italy and the Italians, takes the reader through the country's scented gardens with her sharp descriptions, pertinent stories and quotes and intriguing recipes. I was there with her . (Anna del Conte, Sunday Telegraph). Fascinating ...A distinguished garden writer, Attlee fell under the spell of citrus over ten years ago and the book, like the eleventh labour of Hercules to steal the golden fruit of the Hesperides, is the result. She writes with great lucidity, charm and gentle humour, and wears her considerable learning lightly ...Helena Attlee's elegant, absorbing prose and sure-footed ability to combine the academic with the anecdotal, make The Land Where Lemons Grow a welcome addition to the library of citrologists and Italophiles alike . (The Times Literary Supplement). A paradise of citrus is how I always think of Italy too: a place where ice-cold limoncello is sipped from tiny glasses on piazzas, and everything from ricotta cake to osso bucco is enlivened with zest. What a joy, therefore, to read Helena Attlee's The Land Where Lemons Grow, which tells the story of Italy through its citrus fruit . (Bee Wilson, Telegraph). Helena Attlee is the author of four books about Italian gardens, and others on the cultural history of gardens around the world. Helena is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and has worked in Italy for nearly 30 years.

Reviews

'4 stars. Attlee, who knows and loves Italy and the Italians, takes the reader through the country's scented gardens with her sharp descriptions, pertinent stories and quotes and intriguing recipes. I was there with her' -- Anna del Conte Sunday Telegraph

'Fascinating ... A distinguished garden writer, Attlee fell under the spell of citrus over ten years ago and the book, like the eleventh labour of Hercules to steal the golden fruit of the Hesperides, is the result. She writes with great lucidity, charm and gentle humour, and wears her considerable learning lightly ... Helena Attlee's elegant, absorbing prose and sure-footed ability to combine the academic with the anecdotal, make The Land Where Lemons Grow a welcome addition to the library of citrologists and Italophiles alike' The Times Literary Supplement

'A paradise of citrus is how I always think of Italy too: a place where ice-cold limoncello is sipped from tiny glasses on piazzas, and everything from ricotta cake to osso bucco is enlivened with zest. What a joy, therefore, to read Helena Attlee's The Land Where Lemons Grow, which tells the story of Italy through its citrus fruit' -- Bee Wilson Telegraph

About the Author

Helena Attlee is the author of four books about Italian gardens, and others on the cultural history of gardens around the world. Helena is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and has worked in Italy for nearly 30 years.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd April 2015

Author

Helena Attlee

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9780241952573

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