The Rain Tree

The Rain Tree

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A host of vividly caught characters are here: Mirabel's extrovert, free-spirited mother Phyllis; Aylmer Vallance, who with extraordinary love letters would rescue her mother from a twilight life; Stella Bowen, Phyllis's lifelong friend and fellow student under Ezra Pound, their introduction to the London literati, notably Ford Madox Ford. Throughout Mirabel's childhood, it was Stella who would be the one fast colour amid her mercurial mother's love affairs.


And turning closer to the present - to new friendships, the paring away of previous assumptions and conventions and the serendipities of chance acquaintance - we encounter Michael, Mirabel's late husband, whose barbaric public-school childhood contrasted so dramatically with Mirabel's own, affectionate and carefree; whose repressed father so adored roses; their childhood meeting; their delight in their children and beloved Shropshire garden, a character in its own right, full of the joy of the unexpected.


Celebrated author of A Gentle Plea for Chaos, Mirabel Osler's meditation on the profound pleasures of writing, gardens, travel and food is both graceful and deeply affecting.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154 x 248 x 26mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408815486
  • 9781408815489
  • 246,282

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`A wonderful book ... generous with excitement and adventures and love. Reading it, I felt glad to be alive' * Xandra Bingley, author of Bertie, May and Mrs Fish * `Quirky, touching, wayward, sensuous ... An unforgettable journey of the senses. Irresistible' * Sir Roy Strong * Praise for A Gentle Plea for Chaos:
`The most original book of the year, and the most deliciously written' * Daily Telegraph * `Mirabel Osler's confiding attractive voice vividly conveys the full, heady experience of gardens and gardening. By the end of her book you will be convinced that the only things that matter in life are gardens and relationships - not necessarily in that order' * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Mirabel Osler

Mirabel Osler is the critically acclaimed author of A Breath from Elsewhere and the classic A Gentle Plea for Chaos. She lives in Shropshire.
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