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The Gardener - Salley Vickers

The Gardener - Salley Vickers

Title: The Gardener

Author:  Salley Vickers

ISBN:  9780241482797

Weight:  674 g

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The Gardener by Salley Vickers

In her haunting new novel, Salley Vickers, the bestselling author of The Librarian and The Cleaner of Chartres, writes with the profound psychological insight and sense of the numinous power of place that is the hallmark of all her novels.

Artist, Hassie Days, and her sister, Margot, buy a run down Jacobean house in Hope Wenlock on the Welsh Marches.  While Margot continues her London life in high finance, Hassie is left alone to work the large, long-neglected garden.  She is befriended by eccentric, sharp-tongued, Miss Foot, who recommends, Murat, an Albanian migrant, made to feel out of place among the locals, to help Hassie in the garden.

As she works the garden in Murat’s peaceful company, Hassie ruminates on her past life: the sibling rivalry that tainted her childhood and the love affair that left her with painful, unanswered questions.

But as she begins to explore the history of the house and the mysterious nearby wood, old hurts begin to fade as she experiences the healing power of nature and discovers other worlds.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Gardener is a novel of regrowth & regeneration, of sisters overcoming a toxic parental legacy & of the healing power of seed packets.  The perfect fictional promise to draw us through a harsh winter.

Patrick Gale, author of A Place Called Winter

No one can dig down into the shrouded recesses of the human heart quite as forensically as Vickers.

Sunday Times

Salley Vickers sees with a clear eye and writes with a light hand.  She’s a presence worth cherishing.

Philip Pullman

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Gardener
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition features

This is a beautifully produced hardcover book with a square spine, patterned endpapers, a burgundy-coloured ribbon marker, and decorative head and tail bands.

The colour on the paper used to cover the boards will ‘wear’ in keeping with the age and style of the painting used on the front panel.  This means no two books will look exactly alike.

Jacket noteOn the front of the jacket is a ‘signed copy’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the cover has a textured, coated finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall conditionFine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.
(Printed on this page is the phrase ‘Signed edition’, the author’s name, the month & year of publication, and the names of the imprint and the publisher.)
Book Stats
PublisherPenguin Random House
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139780241482797
FormatHardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)205 x 135 x 26mm
Image and Design Credits
Cover paintingMiss Edith inspects the Sweetpea, circa 1934, Charles Mahoney, private collection, courtesy of Liss Llewellyn.
EndpapersPortion of William Morris ‘Leicester’ wallpaper, ca. 1955 (printed) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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