Book Reviews

Rock Landscapes – The Pulham Legacy

The following extracts are from expert reviews that have already been published.   Click on the Magazine Title if you want to see the complete review.

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130900 - Scottish Rock Garden Cover 600 x 850
July 2013

‘This lavishly produced book . . . . is a beautiful book, and a must for anyone interested in the history of rock gardens and their construction.

Ron McBeath

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July 2013

‘Apart from his detailed and well-illustrated story, there is an impressive gazetteer of Pulham sites, with four gardens worked on in Ireland between 1874 and about 1900.’

Mary Davies recommends Good Reading’

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Claude Hitching’s splendid new book (is) a worthy account of the Pulham story (that) has long been overdue, and we owe the author a sincere debt of gratitude for the truly Herculean labours entailed in the tracing of hundreds of gardens, and for his many years of dedicated research. . . (It) has blossomed into a substantial, superbly illustrated book of great importance to garden historians’

Dr John Page

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May 2013

‘This excessively illustrated book . . will primarily be of interest to garden historians, but . . will also appeal to those with a more general interest in the English country house during the Victorian and Edwardian periods, as well as local and family historians. It is also, thanks to the inclusion of Friar Park (Oxfordshire) . . the only garden history book I have ever encountered which has earned a review in The Beatles Fan Club Magazine.

Twigs Way

 _130600 - Devon Gardens Trust - Cover 500 x 700
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Spring 2013

‘This book is a wonderful example of how family history can expand into garden history. . . You will have to read the book to find out about a message in a bottle hidden in a Pulham bench, and how people appeared to walk on water! . .  An extraordinary personal and historical journey is continuing.’

Carolyn Keep

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130201 - The Garden Cover 500 x 600
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February 2013

‘ . . . this detailed and splendidly illustrated history.   From north to south, there is probably a Pulham rock garden near you: read this book and find out.

Brent Elliott, RHS Historian;

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121202 - London Landscapes Cover 450 x 650
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Winter 2012

‘This is a wonderful book . . . Definitely a must for your Christmas present list and garden history bookshelf.’

Hazelle Jackson, Managing Principal

The Heritage Consultancy
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24th November
2012
‘ . . . the result of many years’ patient research, pulling together fascinating information on the Pulhams’ work . . .’

Stephen Anderton–Gardening Correspondent

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121201 - Garden History Journal - Winter 2012 - Cover 400 x 600
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Winter 2012
’ . . . the first full-length book on the Pulham firm . . . with detailed and beautifully illustrated accounts ofthirty-eightindividual gardens . . . The book is beautifully produced, with a wealth of illustrations . .

Brent Elliott, Lindley Library, RHS

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121201 - Trafodion Cover 450 x 640
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Winter 2012
‘. . . large in format and lavishly illustrated. . . . the culmination of decades of intensive, patient and evidently enjoyable research . . . and . . . an impressive ‘business history’. . . . Not all the sites identified are open to the public; not all the features originally incorporated into the landscapes have survived unscathed.   Some have deteriorated beyond repair; some have been rescued in the nick of time, thanks to the endeavours of Claude Hitching.’

Hilary M Thomas Trafodion – Journal of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust – Issue 2 – November 2012

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Autumn
2012
‘Claude Hitching’s wonderfully illustrated book . . . started out as part of his research into his own family history, (and) is,consequently, the work of passion . . . and a very personal story of discovery. . . . (He) has pieced together a fascinating history . . . and concludes with a very useful chronological gazetteer of Pulham sites.’

Simon Scott

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August
2012
‘. . . a magnificent hardback . . . (This) lavishly illustrated book will appeal to allstudents of garden history – and indeed all garden lovers, and anyone who just enjoys looking at beautiful photographs of unique and wonderful gardens.

Martin Small– Editor

 _120800 - Beatles Fan Club - Summer 12 - Cover 400 x 600
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Summer
2012
‘One gets an enormous sense of wonderment whilst reading Claude Hitching’s marvellous description of the replica ‘Matterhorn’ and Rock Garden . . . the magical lakes, with their stepping stone . . . the Japanese Garden, with the Tea House . . . Most of all, however, Claude’s description of the underground grottoes and the caves leaves one with the feeling that the world was indeed blessed for having people like Sir Frankie Crisp – who had the vision to commission a place of such fantasy – and . . . lovingly restored by George Harrison with his own hands.’

Denise Theophilus

 _120800 - Garden Design Journal Cover
August
2012

‘A friendly narrative . . . (that) provides a . . fascinating insight into . .  the garden fashions of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.’

Matt Haddon – Classic and Contemporary Garden Designer

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120600 - Japanese Garden Society - Cover Summer 12 1200 x 870
Summer
2012
‘This impressive book offers . . . a fascinating insight into how rocks were used through this whole period, and the particular role that the Pulham family played within that.’
Graham Hardman – Garden Designer and National Chairman of the Japanese Garden Society
120800 - Hertfordshire Life Cover
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August
2012
‘Claude’s wonderful book on the Pulham Legacy is made all the more interesting by his family connections with the company, and, if you weren’t interested in rock gardens before you read the book,  you certainly will be itching to see  some the great Pulham masterpieces  by the end of it!’

Phillipa Pearson – Garden Designer and Garden Journalist
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120714 - FT Weekend Cover 600 x 980
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14th July
2012
‘The story is inspiring . . . and has managed to add dozens of unfamiliar gardens to my list of those worth visiting in Britain.’
Robin Lane Fox – Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History and Garden Fellow at New College, Oxford.
120701 - Gardens Illustrated Cover
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July
2012
‘A charming labour of love . . . the photographs are superb, the research exhaustive, and the gazetteer makes it invaluable for the study, restoration and maintenance of Pulhamite features in 19th to early 20th-century gardens.’
Katie Campbell – Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Humanities, Buckingham University
 _120530 - Country Life Cover
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30th May
2012
‘This is a very desirable book  . . . It is a mine of information for the researcher and visitor, and can surely never be superseded.’
Steven Desmond –Landscape Consultant, Writer
 _120526 - Amateur Gardening Cover
26th May
2012
‘It is excellent, and my congratulations on all that work andwonderfulend result. . . . my heartiest congratulations on a brilliant piece of work.   I thoroughly recommend it’

Peter Seabrook – Gardening Writer and Broadcaster
BBC-tv
and Radio 4
‘What a super book – great photos and such interesting facts.   The book reflects a lot of research and effort, and it all makes a fascinating read.   Well done to the author, and thanks for sending me a copy.’

Christine Walkden – Gardening Expert

 

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