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Spring Rain

A Life Lived in Gardens

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  • ISBN: 9781778400278
  • Tags: All Books, Gifts, Literary Non-Fiction, Marc Hamer, Nature & Environment,
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.5
  • Published On: 04/04/2023
  • 216 Pages

From the beloved author of How to Catch a Mole and Seed to Dust comes a highly original memoir of childhood, old age, and the restorative power of the garden.

In this restorative little book, best enjoyed in a single sitting under a tree, an adventurous young boy who traveled the world in his mind meets the old man he becomes, and together they build a new garden from a neglected plot behind his house on the edge of town.

Alternate chapters follow author and professional gardener Marc Hamer as a child and his current life as a 65 year old. Hamer weaves practical gardening knowledge through these two memoir strands as he describes the planning and planting of his new small garden near Cardiff, Wales.

In the words of Hamer, "Spring Rain is about the joy of your own back garden. It is a story about the joy of small things, the world in a grain of sand, a universe in a small garden, with love for all the insects and slugs and flowers and weeds and seeds and roots and boundaries and shade and weather that the garden contains."

Marc Hamer was born in the north of England and moved to Wales over thirty years ago. After spending a period homeless, then working on the railway, he returned to education and studied fine art. He has worked in art galleries, marketing, graphic design and taught creative writing in a prison before becoming a gardener. His previous books, How to Catch a Mole and Seed to Dust, were both Indie Next picks and shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize.