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A SAMPLING OF RECENT REVIEWS

Norah Lindsay: The Life and Art of a Garden Designer


‘It has taken an American to recognise Norah Lindsay’s worth and Allyson Hayward has done her proud.’
Mary Keen, The Spectator
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‘Admirably illustrated and full of letters and forgotten details which are fascinating. It actually contains ideas about gardening which we should all take on board and some historical evidence which is extraordinarily valuable.’
Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times
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‘The life Allyson Hayward has threaded together in this book is wonderfully entertaining. It’s the perfect book to settle down with over Christmas.’
Anna Pavord, Independent Magazine

‘…now the spotlight is turned on her with the publication of a biography by Allyson Hayward, Norah Lindsay, the Life and Art of a Garden Designer…she is a misty but hugely important figure in gardening history, and one which Hayward has done a sterling job of bringing into focus.’
Stephen Lacey, Daily Telegraph
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‘This captivating, fulsomely illustrated study of a singular woman is the result of painstaking research which has revealed that Norah was much more canny and businesslike than her image suggests….the life story is a riot of fun and colour, right up until the end.’
No. 9 in Tim Richardson’s Top Ten Gardening Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
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‘This book will appeal to anyone fascinated as much by the grandee lifestyle in the first half of the twentieth century as by the grand gardens of that era.  The two themes are inextricably linked in Allyson Hayward’s riveting account.’
British House and Garden magazine

‘An intimate portrait of upper-class life in the first half of the twentieth century, told almost exclusively from the letters, archives and conversations of Lindsay and her circle, and illustrated with a fine collection of then-and-now photographs’.
Times Literary Supplement
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‘Expensive at £35 but worth every penny. Beautiful..ideal for the coffee table and for leafing through.’
Belfast News Letter

 ‘Full of wonderful photographs.’
Ham & High

‘A fascinating glimpse into social history as well as gardening.’
Oxford Times

‘This is a book to be read in terms of biography, for Norah was someone who moved at the heart of the beau monde from the Edwardian period to post 1945…a beautiful piece of book production.’
Sir Roy Strong, Country Life

‘Hayward spent 10 years on the trail of her subject, and the book is a keeper.’
Adrian Higgins, Washington Post
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‘Some people resuscitate old gardens imperilled by neglect. But it’s a garden designer that Wellesley historian Allyson Hayward has rescued from oblivion with the terrific biography Norah Lindsay: The Life and Art of a Garden Designer.’
Carol Stocker, Boston Globe
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‘Allyson Hayward’s marathon of research has yielded photographic treasures…with immaculate references and a list of well over one hundred garden clients. Hayward’s achievement can only be (rather breathlessly) admired; her book is essential for anyone interested in these famous gardens, and she has ensured that Lindsay must take her place in the twentieth-century story.’
Jane Brown, Garden History Society Journal

‘Allyson Hayward’s superb new biography goes a long way to demystify Norah’s brilliant career and introduce us to her coterie of friends…Norah’s bubbling personality, wit and charm all come alive in this stunning book.’
Judith Tankard, Hortus

‘…biographer Allyson Hayward followed the path of Lindsay, who travelled in a gypsy-like fashion from one garden site to another for the remaining twenty years of her life. The author expertly creates in this book a vivid portrait of Lindsay who so quickly established an international reputation for her landscapes.’
Chicago Botanic Garden

'Hayward's book is based on diaries and letters kept by Lindsay's family and friends. It describes a time between the wars when life consisted of lawn parties, tennis matches, hunt weekends, race weeks, balls and lots of shopping and travel.'
Susan Reimer, Baltimore Sun
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