Caroline Foley is well known to many allotmenteers as the author of the best selling books The Allotment Handbook and Practical Allotment Gardening.
Her latest book Of Cabbages and Kings – The History of Allotments is the fascinating story of their origins through to the present day. It was published last Thursday by Frances Lincoln.
I really enjoyed reading this well illustrated book which starts with a Prologue and Introduction before the twelve chapters ranging from The Serf & the Commons 1066 – 1349 through to Post-war Doldrums & the Green Revolution 1945 to the 21st century. To round off there is an Epilogue, Further Reading, Timeline , Index and Acknowledgements.
I’m sure that this book will appeal to anyone who’s interested in social history and as the inside front cover blurb says…One thing is certain, once you’ve read this book, you will never take your allotment for granted again.
Readers can order this book direct from the publisher at the discounted price of £16-00 (inc. p&p in the UK, otherwise add £2-50) by phoning 01903 828503 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the offer code APG209.
My thanks to Jessica Atkins, Marketing Manager at The Quarto Publishing Group UK, for kindly sending me a copy of this excellent book to read and review.