Updated on January 28, 2006
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Welcome to the newly redecorated and organized "The Stories of Rosamunde Pilcher" website. I apologize for the slow going of the recent updates, but you know how life gets busy and time runs away from us.
I hope the new format and colors are easier on the eye, and more helpful than before. I've dropped some older pages, and added new information.
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Interesting looking books, that include stories by RP!
: Comprehensive Guide to Landscaping with Roses (Hardcover)
I hear he has collected 24 stories about gardens and gardening by 20th-century writers including Rosamunde Pilcher, Colette, Robert ...
Michele B. Slung
: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Short Fiction About Gardens and Gardeners (Hardcover)
Reviewed by Claire Hopley
See copy here
You know you've read too much Rosamunde Pilcher when...
"Rosamunde Pilcher's Bookshelf"
"Death is nothing at all" was quoted in the book, "September".
It was written by Sir Henry Scott Holland (1847 - 1918)
Visit www.poeticexpressions.co.uk for the full poem and details.
Contacting Mrs. Pilcher
If you would like to write to Rosamunde, you can reach her at one of these addresses, they will forward your letters!
St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Or through her agent, Curtis Brown Ltd.
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Welcome to West Cornwall in England's Far West
All Things British "most visited site for British travel"
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Newquay Britians Favorite Family Holiday.
The View From Here - photos and captions from Sue Taylor, Hampshire, England
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I have not given these a lot of effort, they are only part of the bookshelf collection. But I wanted to include them just the same... Sandy
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Stories about gardening
October 30, 2005
THE GARDEN OF READING: AN ANTHOLOGY OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY SHORT FICTION ABOUT GARDENS AND GARDENING
Edited by Michelle Slung
Overlook, $25.95, 336 pages
REVIEWED BY CLAIRE HOPLEY
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Our oldest story is about a garden -- a fruitful garden with everything to make us happy as long as we punctiliously obey the rules. One infraction and we're out. Here's a truth about gardens: They can be delightful, but not forgiving. Literature offers other truths about them as well. Andrew Marvell imagined a blissful garden "Annihilating all that's made, To a green thought in a green shade." More sentimentally, gardens can be lovesome things. Gardens can also be dangerous; they may even be poisonous as the lover in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rapaccini's Daughter was to discover.
"Rapaccini's Daughter" is not included in "The Garden of Reading," Michelle Slung's anthology of short stories featuring gardens and the plants that grow in them. "Too frequently reprinted," she explains. Instead of such workhorses of short story collections, she has gathered a varied selection of garden tales, many showing gardens as a lot less benign than we usually choose to think.
Take John Collier's "Green Thoughts," for example. It features a mysterious carnivorous orchid that battens on the human world. Or Stephen King's "The Lawnmower Man," in which a householder who ran over the family cat with the lawnmower decides to sell the offending mower and call on Pastoral Greenery and Outdoor Services to take care of his lawn in future -- with astonishing results.
Both these stories are fantastical and macabre: entertainments for a chill night, or perhaps correctives to the view that gardens are charming. On the contrary, people die in several of these garden tales. Indeed, some are even buried in gardens as in Robert Graves's sprightly "Earth to Earth," a story about the value of composting. This is one of the stories that anthologist Michelle Slung identifies as her starting point. The other is V.S. Pritchett's "The Fig Tree," which focuses on infidelity and the odd use of power. Indeed, if death is one element in many of garden stories, power is another -- and how could it not be since all gardening is an exercise in shaping a portion of the earth and the plants that grow on it to suit human whim?
Such shaping can certainly make life better as it does in Rosamunde Pilcher's "The Tree." The tree of the title is pretty awful, shading the small London garden and the house of a young couple who have not the money to take it down. Unexpectedly, an elderly godfather known for his miserliness stumps up the cash to do the job, thus literally and metaphorically changing the outlook of his godson and his wife. This story has no gardeners because the tree prevents any use of the land it stands on.
Similarly, the eponymous heroine of Lisa St Aubin de Teran's story "The Lady Gardener" is never actually shown in a garden, though apparently she has one, where she and her husband work diligently. However, her real vocation is getting rid of people who make pests of themselves -- the world's human slugs. Here the gardener's intolerance of creatures who ruin their plants becomes the guiding principle of a woman who has suffered too much from the destroyers of life.