Book review: View from a Shed

View from a Shed: Four Seasons as an Urban FarmerView from a Shed: Four Seasons as an Urban Farmer by Michael Wale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As has been said about this book, it is not about gardening as such, but a kind of biography about the characters on the author’s allotment site and how they all interact with each other. You do pick up the odd tidbit of knowledge but blink and you would miss it! However the people who populate this West London allotment site are all individuals and there is an interesting mix. Being London there are 17 different nationalities with plots at the site, but don’t worry you don’t meet them all so it is not too confusing.

The book was easy to read and I got through it in a couple of days. However, it could have been laid out better. The book is basically divided into four chapters – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. And that is it! There are no other breaks in the text except for paragraphs. So you’ll be reading about one incident that happened and when you go onto the next paragraph the subject has completely changed abruptly. The use of line breaks would be useful at these points.

But an enjoyable read if you are looking for characters rather than a how-to veg gardening book.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve put it on my to read list but I’m guessing that if or when I do read it I’ll be slightly disappointed. xx


  2. The book sounds interesting. I’m going to definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip.


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