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A Fountain of Flowers

First Published in 1974 by Michael Joseph

A Fountain of Flowers

H.E. Bates, who completed this book shortly before his death in 1974, wrote more than half a hundred books: novels, short stories, autobiography, essays and criticism. Through them all runs the thread of his love of the land, of gardens and of all beautiful things that can be grown.

A Fountain of Flowers ia a long, very eprsonal essay on the pleasures and adventures of the author's own gardening life. He had a questing eye for a new plant, a new idea, a great love of colour, and a talent for achieving it in his Kentish garden through all twelve months of the year.

H.E. Bates by his own felicities of writing evokes the colours of his garden, which are also beautifully illustrated by Patrick Matthews in sixteen pages of colour photographs.

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