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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 31 May 2011.
The Smell of Summer Grass is based partly on the long out of print 'Perch Hill'. It is the story of the years spent in finding and building a personal Arcadia, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by writer Adam Nicolson and his wife, cook and gardener, Sarah Raven.
Adam Nicolson was determined to leave metropolitan life but the rundown farm in the Sussex Weald was not quite what he bargained for. The scenery was breathtaking and the rural neighbours charming but the hard end of real farming life was another matter - mud, cold, planning regulations and unco-operative livestock. But for the reader the whole enterprise is full of delight thanks to Adam Nicolson's writing: frank, witty and touching, it is a testament to the importance of holding on to your dreams and turning them into reality.
Closing date: 31/05/2020
'Candid, observant and often very funny'
'A delightful memoir - a reminder that the very best writing starts at home'
Robert McCrum, Observer Praise for
'Sissinghurst': 'A masterpiece of rural romanticism, told with shameless lyricism!the vision is one of nature, art and human history in glorious coalition!uplifting.'
'Unusual, impassioned and lucidly written!a gripping but serious history of Sissinghurst Castle.'
'Excellent. A clear-eyed picture!beautiful.'
'A wonderful book.'
'An expert at conveying the stuff of place, Nicolson is equally good with people!as Adam Nicolson understands, places tell us about the people who walked them and the dreams they pursued'
Publication date: 31/03/2011
Publisher: HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||31st March 2011|
|Publisher:||HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
Adam Nicolson is the author of many books on history, travel and the environment. He is winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the British Topography Prize and lives at Sissinghust Castle in Kent. His other books include 'Arcadia' ('Earls of Paradise' in hardback), 'Men of Honour', 'Sea Room', 'Power and Glory' and 'Seamanship' and, most recently, 'Sissinghurst'.More About Adam Nicolson