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Earthly Joys

Updated on September 8, 2014

My Review

This book is one of Miss Gregory's historical novels and is the story of John Tradescant gardener to the rich and royalty. He also manages to get involved in war. It is a rich and moving book, giving a vivid picture of the 1600's.

Let me introduce you to John

John Tradescant's first love was gardening, but he also went in for an amazing amount of travelling. On his travels he collected new plants. He has, in fact, changed the look of Britain with the trees he introduced. He became involved in the tulip market. In the 1600's tulip bulbs were highly valued and actually used as currency. John also experienced war at first hand whilst working for the duke of Buckingham, a charismatic figure who had a way of getting his own way, but died at the hands of a knifer. John comes across as a warm, caring man.

John has a son, also called John but known as J to stop confusion. He follows his father into the gardening business.

A portrait of one man and his times

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The best line ever:

When dawn came and the sun rose warm on the apple blossoms at six, she did not wake

Postscript of utmost importance

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I have not read it. There truly are so many things to be thankful for and to experience.