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Monty Don's favourite book of the year
Christopher Stocks is a writer and journalist who has worked for, among others, Harpers & Queen, ES Magazine, Arena and Wallpaper, reporting on everything from Uruguayan beach resorts to an underground submarine base off the coast of Sweden. More recently he wrote a weekly gardening column for the Independent On Sunday, and he is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated. He collects unusual perfumes and old Shell Guides, won a 2007 Bridport Prize for his poetry, and shares a birthday with Donny Osmond and Hermione Gingold. Forgotten Fruits is his first book.
"A great source of inspiration" -- Simon Tiffin * Telegraph * "Scholarly and fascinating ... conjures a lost world from the humble gooseberry, leek and apple" -- Jane Shilling * The Times * "Attractive anecdotal book" * Financial Times * "Delightful celebration of Britain's forgotten fruit and veg ... an intriguing hybrid of narrative history and encyclopaedia" * Guardian * "[A] captivating book ... written with a wonderfully light and assured touch" -- Anna Pavord * Gardens Illustrated *