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Based on her hit Allotment Tales column for "The Scotsman and New Consumer Magazine", Antonia Swinson - the First Lady of the allotment - shares, not only her tips for gardening and allotment management, but also the effect of her time spent in the mud. Written with humour and vim You Are What You Grow is her extraordinary original vision of how the world ticks. Scything down the caricature of the allotmenteer, this is a social and political critique from an allotmenteer's point of view. Antonia explores issues such as the history of British land ownership, organic produce and self-sufficiency, community building and the psychological benefits to be found by allotmenteering. The work is divided by season with gardening tips, money saving ideas and promotion of healthy, and organic food.
Antonia Swinson is chief executive of the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, an ex Fleet Street entertainment writer and business journalist. She was the first to write a regular allotment column in a national newspaper and her column still runs bi-monthly in The Scotsman. Swinson is a master craftswoman whose literary work and sagacity has been admired by, among others, Margaret Atwood, Libby Purves and Alexander McCall Smith. Swinson is a critically acclaimed author of both fiction and non fiction as well as an award winning journalist. She is and married and has two children.