Bread and Roses

Bread and Roses : Gardening Books from 1560 to 1960

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Gardening is the most popular outdoor leisure activity in the United Kingdom. Millions of people read gardening books, yet few know much about the history of gardening literature. The author has collected an account of English gardening books over a period of four centuries. Authors of gardening books have come from all walks of life and all shades of political opinion. This volume continues the examination of horticultural literature begun in "Gardeners' Delight". It sets gardening books in a political and historical perspective, picking out key moments such as the 17th-century Commonwealth and World War II. It looks at the political issues of gender, class and race; the growth of women gardening writers; and the relationship between labour and gardening. Race and nationality are examined and in particular the reflection of nationalism in gardening books. The book illustrates how closely gardening books are linked to our general culture and to the political history of the country.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 28mm | 521.63g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 60 b&w illustrations
  • 0745308023
  • 9780745308029

About Martin Hoyles

Martin Hoyles is the author of numerous books on history and politics including Gardeners Delight, The Story of Gardening and The Politics of Childhood. He teaches the only garden history course in the UK, at the University of East London.show more