The Morville Hours : The Story of a Garden, Paperback

The Morville Hours : The Story of a Garden Paperback

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In 1988 Katherine Swift arrived at the Dower House at Morville to create a garden of her own.

This beautifully written, utterly absorbing book is the history of the many people who have lived in the same Shropshire house, tending the same soil, passing down stories over the generations.

Spanning thousands of years, The Morville Hours takes the form of a medieval Book of Hours.

It is a meditative journey through the seasons, but also a journey of self-exploration.

It is a book about finding one's place in the world and putting down roots.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
  • ISBN: 9780747598237



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An interesting story of a garden, a house, a place and a woman. Katherine Swift arrives at the Dower House at Morville and decides that the neglected garden needs to be revived. She launches herself into the task and also looks at the past of the garden, being able to see the echoes in the present. As she searches for information she also finds information about the place and it's role in the community over the years.The book is organised around the hours of the divine office mapped against the year, looking at the cycle of the seasons. The story isn't just about the place, it's also about Katherine and her journey towards understanding of her self and her past and future. Her descriptions are evocative and lyrical and while sometimes it was a little rambly it was like talking to the person rather than being a more linear story. You could see the ideas sparking other ideas in her mind.Overall a book to read in sections, to digest and not to rush at.

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