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A fascinating account from award winning author Adam Nicolson on the history of Nicolson s own national treasure, his family home Sissinghurst.Sissinghurst is world famous as a place of calm and beauty, a garden slipped into the ruins of a rose pink Elizabethan palace But is it entirely what its creators intended Has its success over the last thirty years come at a price Is Sissinghurst everything it could be The story of this piece of land, an estate in the Weald of Kent, is told here for the first time from the very beginning Adam Nicolson, who now lives there, has uncovered remarkable new findings about its history as a medieval manor and great sixteenth century house, from the days of its decline as an eighteenth century prison to a flourishing Victorian farm and on to the creation, by his grandparents Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicolson, of a garden in a weed strewn wreck Alongside his recovery of the past, Adam Nicolson wanted something else for the land at Sissinghurst to live again, to become the landscape of orchards, cattle, fruit and sheep he remembered from his boyhood.Could that living frame of a mixed farm be brought back to what had turned into monochrome fields of chemicalised wheat and oilseed rape Against the odds, he was going to try Adam Nicolson has always been a passionate writer about landscape and buildings, but this is different This is the place he wanted to make good again, reconnecting garden, farm and land More than just a personal biography of a place, this book is the story of taking an inheritance and steering it in a new direction, just as an entrepreneur might take hold of a company, or just as all of us might want to take our dreams and make them real.From the Hardcover edition....

Title : Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History
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ISBN : 0007240554
Format Type : Hardback
Language : English
Publisher : HarperPress 2009
Number of Pages : 407 Pages
File Size : 779 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History Reviews

  • RC
    2019-04-07 19:28

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I was taken in by the story of the author's attempt to set up a self-funding historical estate. I found the detailed background and history of Sissinghurst even more engaging. The writing of this book is probably the best prose I've ever read. So elegant yet very readable. I can guarantee, if you enjoy reading sublject matter like this, you will LOVE this book!

  • L. Brannel
    2019-03-26 19:32

    An inspiring journey in history of a place and the people attached to it. A lesson in adaptation and standing firm for an idea. Like a highly refined version of the reality television show "Survivor" with different tribes, strategies, and agendas. Instructive on many levels from personal to global. A pleasure to discover.

  • Eugene Underwood
    2019-04-20 02:20

    I've long been a fan of Sissinghurst as a garden and I've visited it. I have delved into its history and the biographies of the owners, Vita Sackville-West and Nigel Nicolson. This book, by their grandson, is an amazing realization of the languished potency of the manor of Sissinghurst--not only the garden at the center, but the surrounding farms. It shows that sustainable practices can have good economic impact. It's a rich source of information about the property and it's very well written, so it is a pleasure to read.

  • Edith M Wollin
    2019-04-10 20:17

    This is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I liked it. I think the first chapter is the best most moving description of a lovely childhood that I have ever read! You've got to like history of place to like the rest, but if you do, you'll like this book.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-10 00:35

    The author did his homework to describe the once lovely Sissinghurst castle and grounds and to illustrate his passion for its restoration. However, it is definitely of more interest to students of English history and geography.

  • L. Lacy
    2019-04-13 02:37

    This book is an amazing history that pulls together all the background information that helped the author bring Sissinghurst back to being a working estate. In areas it is a difficult/slow read, but I found the information to be very interesting.

  • Therese A Smith
    2019-04-17 00:19

    This beautifully written history of the world that was and is Sissinghurst over hundreds of years is intriguing. I enjoyed getting a look look at the talented and complex Nicolson family including Adam Nicolson's grandmother, Lady Nicolson, Vita Sackville-West.

  • BookCat
    2019-04-15 21:39

    Interesting and informative story. Made me want to visit the entire property, not just the gardens. I hope he keeps pushing to update how the land is used.