For fans of The Tulip and The Naming of Names by Anna Pavord and character-driven narrative history such as Georgiana by Amanda ForemanThe Sun-King's Garden will be illustrated with 30 colour illustrations and over 50 black and white illustrations - a lavish book to give and to keepA book to appeal to a wide variety of strong markets: the gardening market, the history market (giving, as it does, an alternative angle on the story of France's most fascinating king) and the gift market
Ian Thompson studied Philosophy at the University of Newcastle (1974-77), and later completed a B. Phil and Ph. D. in Landscape Architecture. After qualifying as a landscape architect he worked in practice first in Glasgow and then on Tyneside. Between 1986 and 1992 he was a Senior Landscape Architect in the Planning Department of Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council. He currently teaches postgraduate Landscape Architecture at Newcastle University.
'Lavishly and intelligently illustrated...the best account currently available in English of how and why this extraordinary prodigy of gardening art and regal vanity came into existence.' Sunday Telegraph 'Lively and well researched, studded with anecdotes and fascinating statistics.' Daily Telegraph 'A superb account...the book is as delightful and masterly as the project it describes.' The Spectator