Machiavelli's Lawn

The Great Writers' Garden Companion

Mark Crick

Published: 3 March 2011
Hardback, 168x125
125x168mm, 144 pages
ISBN: 9781847081346


Twelve great authors offer their top tips on gardening, from Sylvia Plath's struggles with autumn bulbs, to Pablo Neruda on pruning roses at the end of a romance. In Brecht's mini opera, a courageous mother's fight to protect her tender young potatoes from the army reveals the tragic consequences of a crop being harvested too soon. On Zola's allotment, a striking miner finds more brutal and perilous than anything he imagined at the coalface. Carver's anti-hero plants up a neglected hanging basket in a doomed attempt to repair his relationship with his wife. And Brett Easton Ellis's brand-obsessed hero, drawn into the garden by the promise of carnage, finds in horticulture the perfect outlet for his demons. Inspired, botanically accurate and utterly hilarious, Machiavelli's Lawn will appeal to green-fingered book lovers everywhere.

About the author

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Mark Crick is a photographer and the author of two books of literary pastiche, Kafka's Soup, Sartre's Sink and Machiavelli's Lawn, all published by Granta Books. He lives in London. More about the author

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