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Spring rain


In ‘Spring Rain’ writer and gardener, Marc Hamer, now in his sixties, shares his path to contentment from difficult beginnings. Through the prism of family gardens, he reflects on how we reconcile our childhoods with where we end up as adults. Growing up in a violent home, as a young boy Marc found solace and safety in his small back garden. In particular, in its shed, where he stumbled across an incomplete set of old encylopaedias. These books, and observing the plants and insects in his private kingdom, began his lifelong love of learning and openness to the world. Throughout his journey from youth to age, which included a period living homeless in the countryside, Marc has found the answers to life’s questions in the nature around him. This memoir, with line drawings by the author, encourages us back in tune with the natural world and offers both consolation and a guide to a happier life.

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An inspiring and life-affirming story of a difficult childhood transformed into happy adulthood through the power of nature and gardens

Beloved author Marc Hamer writes about finding refuge in his tiny back garden in this highly original story of childhood, old age, and the restorative power of gardens. As a child, he kindled a deep love of the earth by watching plants and insects and exploring the world through a stack of old encyclopaedias he found in the shed. Now an old man, he creates a garden for himself in the neglected plot behind his house.

A little book with a big heart: the insights glow as vivid as a flowerbed. If you want to be inspired, or you’ve lost your belief in the goodness of this world, this could be for you.

‘A sublime meditation on life, love, nature and family, woven with the wisdom gained through a life well lived’ Lee Schofield, author of Wild Fell

‘Patterned with Hamer’s gifts for observation, compression, and tone’ New Yorker

‘Rich and tender’ New York Times

‘A book of great but tender power’ Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

Additional information

Weight 0.195 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.5 cm










635.092 (edition:23)


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