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Thirty years ago Joan Marble and her sculptor husband Robert Cook brought an uncompromising piece of land near the little hamlet of Canale in an area north of Rome that was home to the ancient Etruscans. Here they built a house and, more importantly, grew a wonderful garden.

All was not plain sailing, however, as they encountered blank incomprehension from the local inhabitants. 'Why do you want to have a garden here?' they were asked. 'There's no water, the ground is like cement, it's too cold in winter and too hot in summer, it never rains, it rains too much, the roads are impassable, the ravines are bottomless....' But Joan and Robert's enthusiasm for the land, their ignorance of the obstacles that faced them, their downright obstinacy, the unexpected friends who helped them - all served to conquer the intransigent terrain.

Inspirational, aspirational, enchanting - this is an account of a passion for a place and an obsession with a garden that will charm all who read it.

Paperback - 348 pages

Published 2000

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