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- DescriptionGrass and its organisation into lawns is a particularly English obsession. If an Englishman's house is his castle, then his lawn is most certainly his estate. Occupying a place in the national psyche comparable to that of afteron tea, the English concept of the ideal lawn has evolved and altered alomost beyond regognition since its first mention in the time of Henry III. Now Tom Fort traces its history, through famous lawns, to the present day. The English are universally ackwledged to be the lawn creators, coming up with most of the games played on grass, as well as the original grass-cutting machines. The lawn has aroused the wonder of the rest of the civilised world, and the Americans have fused to their conception of suburban bliss the ideal of the impeccably manicured lawn. This social history of grass is further enlivened by an introduction to the creator of the first lawnmower, Edwin Budding, by discussions with contemporary lawnsmen, and by witnessing the author's own attempt to create his perfect lawn.
- Author BiographyTom Fort, an editor at the BBC, is the fishing correspondent of the Financial Times. He lives in Berkshire in a house with a large lawn.
- Author(s)Tom Fort
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication03/06/2008
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight316 g
- Width198 mm
- Height129 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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