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Four Hedges
by Clare Leighton

Clare Leighton was one of the finest engravers of the twentieth century. This is the story of the garden she carved from meadowland deep in the Chiltern Hills in the 1930s.

Author: Clare Leighton

Introduction: Carol Klein

May 2010

Reprinting – it will be available again in February 2017, £12

 

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‘Phrases and images fill you with delight… This is the most honest writing I’ve ever read’
Carol Klein

Clare Leighton was one of the finest engravers of the twentieth century. In the 1930s, when she settled in the countryside with her long-term partner, the political journalist Henry Noel Brailsford, she turned her creativity to the land. Gardening became her passion. Her obsession. This is the story of the garden she carved from meadowland deep in the Chiltern Hills.

CLARE LEIGHTON

Introduced by Carol Klein
Cover illustration by Clare Leighton

216 x 156mm sewn paperback with flaps
176 pages with 84 wood engravings by Clare Leighton
ISBN 978 0 9562545 3 5

Additional information

Weight350 g
Dimensions14 x 156 x 216 mm

Reviews

  1. The historian and writer Robin Lane Fox has written a fabulous response to Clare Leighton’s Four Hedges in the Financial Times. ‘The half-acre garden behind her four hedges,’ he writes, ‘was only four years old when she wrote about it. Already she valued the fine gradations in the “multitudinous” forms of wild grass, long before our modern fashion for ornamental meadows. She loved so many wild flowers with local country names and even recalls one called “meet-him-in-the- entry-kiss-him-in-the-buttery”.’

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