Smell of Summer Grass : Pursuing Happiness at Perch Hill

Smell of Summer Grass : Pursuing Happiness at Perch Hill

Description

The Smell of Summer Grass is the story of the years spent in finding and building a personal idyll, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by writer Adam Nicolson and his wife, cook and gardener, Sarah Raven.

Without knowing one end of a hay baler from the other, Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven, fed up with London and with life, escaped with his family to a run-down farm in the Sussex Weald. Looking for Arcadia, they found a mixture of intense beauty and profound chaos. Over three years they struggled with dock leaves, spring flowers, bloody-minded sheep and neighbours before eventually arriving at some kind of equilibrium.

Funny, poetic, ironic and wise, `The Smell of Summer Grass' is based partly on the long out of print 'Perch Hill'. It traces the growing intimacy between man and his chosen place, his love affair with it and his frustrations with its intractable realities. As an attempt to live out the pastoral vision, it makes one heartfelt plea: we should never abandon our dreams.


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Details

Author(s)
Adam Nicolson
Format
Paperback | 320 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 24mm | 320g
Publication date
26 Feb 2015
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint
William Collins
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0008104727
ISBN13
9780008104726
Bestsellers rank
363,710