Win This Book: The Writer’s Garden

It is interesting that so many famous gardens were owned by or are closely connected to authors:

  • Virginia Woolf and Monks House.
  • Rudyard Kipling and Batemans.
  • Beatrix Potter and Hill Top.
  • John Ruskin and Brantwood.

These and many other writers obtained inspiration from retreating into their gardens.  How many of us, as visitors, drink in the atmosphere and surrounding landscape to imagine the emotions that they would have experienced for inspiration?  It is like a pilgrimage for a lot of us.  I know when I visited Beatrix Potter’s property at Hill Top, I was hoping to see Peter Rabbit in Mr McGregor’s garden.

The Writer’s Garden’ due to be published by Frances Lincoln Limited on 2 October is fascinating, informative and full of beautiful photographs.   It is what I would describe as a ‘coffee table’ book, with individual chapters dedicated to 20 well known authors.


The book is written by Jackie Bennett, former editor of a The Garden Design Journal, The English Garden Magazine and Gardening with the National Trust and the photographs are taken by the well-known photographer Richard Hanson who has also appeared in the above publications.

I found this a great book to dip and delve into, full of information about the authors and their gardens .   The fly leaf reads ” Every Garden reveals something of its owner’s secret nature – Charles Dickens little known love for scarlet pelargoniums…Roald Dahl’s fascination with fruit trees triggered the idea for James and the Giant Peach”.

Virginia Woolf – Monks House

Sample chapter:

George Bernard Shaw at Shaw’s Corner has some glorious photos.


There is a short history of Shaw’s life at Shaw’s Corner and a brief resume of his life and works.


This format follows through each chapter providing a background of 20 well-known authors.

I can guarantee you will love this book.  Not only as a reminder of those gardens you have visited, but it will give you places to add to your ‘must visit’ list.

Frances Lincoln Limited have kindly given me a pre-publish copy to give away.  If you would like a chance to win this copy all you need do is leave a comment to say you wish to enter and I will pull a name out on Tuesday 30 September. This competition is open to the UK only.


If you are not the lucky one, or live abroad all is not lost, there is also a readers offer :

To order The Writer’s Garden at the discounted price of £20.00 including p&p* (RRP: £25.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG218.
*UK only – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.



  1. Jackie Bennett is giving a talk at Cheltenham Literature Festival next month. It would be lovely if I could ask her to sign a copy, should I win 😉

    When I volunteered at National Trust HQ, I had a delightful time trawling through the Bateman’s archive box with the writing, notes and letters of Rudyard Kipling as my guide.


  2. Hi I found your blog via Twitter,I follow Gravetye Manor which I love. I never forget coming round the final part of their long drive 27 years ago and stopping my car in awe of the beautiful building and setting. Many visits later it still has this effect. I would love to enter your draw please and look forward to enjoying your blog


  3. Gardening is my life and business but it also inspires me. Few people know I write poetry. I also enjoy walking through public gardens to get inspiration. This book sounds wonderful.


  4. This looks like a wonderful book, especially for those of us whose favorite things are gardens, reading and writing. I’m ineligible for the giveaway since I live in the U.S. but will seriously consider buying the book. If my math is correct that will run about $45. Thanks for sharing. (No blog of my own yet but slowly getting up the courage. Yours is one of my inspirations.)


  5. This sounds like my kind of book, though I keep saying I will NOT buy another garden book! Still if I win one that doesn’t count. Of course one of my favourite gardens has to be Sissinghurst and that too was developed by the author and poet Vita Sackville-West. I’m afraid that this book will introduce me to even more gardens that I HAVE to visit, and goodness knows I have visited a lot. Enter me please. I would ❤ to own this book.
    Jude xx


  6. What beautiful pictures. It would feel like you were in the gardens yourself. Please enter me into the competition Thank You xxx


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