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632 pages; 32 unnumbered pages of. Includes family trees, plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour). Includes family trees, bibliography and index. Has dustcover

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Tommy Garnett (1915-2006), reforming headmaster of two famous schools, creator of the renowned Garden of St Erth, came late to his gardening and writing career. He penned his first newspaper article on his sixty-fifth birthday. Michael Davie, editor of The Age and The Observer, soon placed Garnett in the top rank of essayists, in the best traditions of English nature writers. Professor George Seddon saw him as one of Australia's most stimulating and provocative writers - honest, witty, profoundly knowledgeable, a truly enquiring mind. What was the life that shaped the garden and the writing? This closely researched and beautifully crafted biography explores the worlds that create the remarkable man who created The Garden of St Erth.