Robert Boyd, a landscape gardener, is offered a project no gardener could refuse - the recreation of the Garden of Eden itself. But once, he's begun work, Robert soon realises that the noble construction of Paradise cannot co-exist with the messy emotions of the real world.
The great English gardening novel? When celebrated landscape architect Robert Boyd is asked to re-create The Garden of Eden on a strange isthmus of land in Cornwall, it seems at first to be a dream job. Soon the task in hand is well underway, as Robert begins bussing in flamingoes and deer and replanting trees -- all under the vigilant eyes of the very charismatic Mrs Lacey and her rather sceptical husband, whose sister, Mrs Rochester-style, has been confined to a cottage on a hill nearby, to which our narrator repairs for a little telescope-gazing, history lessons and some brutal sex. Meanwhile, through encounters with his ex and his daughter, we come to see Boyd's weaknesses as a man; he is married to his work and then some. The project devours him, and all who come into contact with it. But not everyone can agree that what is being done, to the land, to lives, is the right thing. Conflicts simmer, accidents happen, someone dies and events quickly wind up to a satisfying crescendo.
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'Pacy, intelligent and so authentic you can feel the ground squelch under your feet.' Woman's Journal 'Diana Saville writes convincingly of a man in the grip of an obsession, and most lyrically about plants, the land, trees, and the pure happiness they can bring. The book is satisfying because it is all of a piece, the characters and their natural world developing organically.' Guardian 'Full of suspense and romance... a passionate account of the process of natural creation.' Good Housekeeping
About Diana Saville
Diana Saville worked at a literary agency in London, before moving to the Welsh Marches, where she has become a writer and garden designer. She has written novels and books on landscape gardening and garden history.
Capability's Eden by Diana Saville
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