Smell of Summer Grass: Pursuing Happiness - Perch Hill 1944-2011
Perch Hill is the story of the years spent in finding and building a personal Arcadia, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by writer Adam Nicolson and his wife, cook and gardener, Sarah Raven. Adam Nicolson was determined to leave metropolitan life but the rundown farm in the Sussex Weald was not quite what he bargained for. The scenery was breathtaking and the rural neighbours charming, but the hard end of real farming life was another matter - mud, cold, planning regulations and unco-operative livestock. But for the reader the whole enterprise is full of delight, thanks to Adam Nicolson's writing: frank, witty and touching, it is a testament to the importance of holding on to your dreams and turning them into reality.
'Candid, observant and often very funny' - Daily Mail
'A delightful memoir - a reminder that the very best writing starts at home' - Robert McCrum, Observer
Adam Nicolson is the author of many books on history, travel and the environment. He is winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the British Topography Prize and lives at Sissinghust Castle in Kent. His other books include Arcadia (Earls of Paradise in hardback), Men of Honour, Sea Room, Power and Glory and Seamanship and, most recently, Sissinghurst.