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Helena Attlee's writing in The Land Where Lemons Grow is so sharp and evocative that she could have been writing about potatoes in Plymouth: She'd still have had me gripped.

Attlee has that rare gift of being able to know an inordinate amount about a subject and yet wear her knowledge so lightly that the tone is anecdotal, not academic. It's a big thing, to pull Italians and other strangers such lightness. Through the citrus groves and scented gardens of Italy, she weaves in and out of history and horticulture, fusing them together with stories and surprises, romance and recipes, tastings and travelogues.

I loved it -- Yotam Ottolenghi Thrillingly sensual, and zesty in every sense, Helena Attlee is the best of companions as she leads us through sundrenched citrus groves and in and out of history.

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A book full of surprises, with many curiosities, stories and recipes on the way -- Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Inspired and inspiring, in prose as sharp as the fruit it celebrates -- David Wheeler, editor of Hortus This is the first among my books of the year. Attlee, who knows and loves Italy and the Italians, takes the reader through the country's scented gardens with her sharp descriptions, pertinent stories and quotes and intriguing recipes.

A distinguished garden writer, Attlee fell under the spell of citrus over ten years ago and the book, like the eleventh labour of Hercules to steal the golden fruit of the Hesperides, is the result. She writes with great lucidity, charm and gentle humour, and wears her considerable learning lightly. For many years, Attlee has been collecting evidence for a story of citrus trees in Italy.

The result, The Land Where Lemons Grow, is remarkable, excellently produced and essential for all lovers of Italy, their summer libraries and out-of-season itineraries. If they were bemused, I hope they remained to be charmed. I read it randomly a few pages at a time Italians and other strangers there were no Italians and other strangers I hadn't read twice.

It was my respite from purposive reading. Helena Attlee is the author of four books about Italian gardens, and others on the cultural history of gardens around the world.

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Gå till mobilversionen av bokus. Fler böcker inom Reseskildringar. Lombardia - Michelin Local Map Sheet map. To the River Olivia Laing Häftad. Skickas inom vardagar. Fri frakt inom Sverige över kr för privatpersoner. A delightful book about Italy's unexpected history, told through its citrus fruits The story of citrus runs through the history of Italy like a golden thread, and by combining travel writing with history, recipes, horticulture and art, Helena Italians and other strangers takes the reader on a unique and rich journey through Italy's cultural, moral, culinary and political past.

Helena Attlee's elegant, absorbing prose and sure-footed ability to combine the academic "Italians and other strangers" the anecdotal, make The Land Where Lemons Grow a welcome addition to the library of citrologists and Italophiles alike' The Times Literary Supplement 'A paradise of citrus is how I always think of Italy too: What a joy, therefore, to read Helena Attlee's The Land Where Lemons Grow, which tells the story of Italy through its citrus fruit' Bee Wilson, Telegraph Helena Attlee is the author of four books about Italian gardens, and others on the cultural history of gardens around the world.

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