Charlie Hart read Theology at Cambridge University before working in a number of roles in London. He now lives and gardens on the Essex Suffolk border with his family.
An enthralling and delightful debut . . . a welcome addition to the genre . . . a profoundly spiritual book whose creation and growth is described with a deeply lyrical, touching and often almost biblical love of language and sense of ritual -- William Cash * Catholic Herald * Thoughtfully written . . . a touching and reviving read * House & Garden * Charmingly meditative -- Emma Townshend * Times Literary Supplement * A memoir about mental health, bursting with metaphors about how nature can soothe and heal the soul * BBC Countryfile * A heart-warming memoir celebrating the healing powers of gardening and the beauty of nature * Gardens Illustrated * Inspiring * The Sun * This meditative book celebrates the healing effects of nature * Country Living * I loved it . . . poetic depiction of the English landscape . . . Although not everyone has the luxury of space in which to garden away the pain of loss and surrender to the vastness of creation, Charlie's message remains valid whether you own a single houseplant or a five-acre plot: taking care of plants is good for us, mind and body * Gardenista * A gentle and very thoughtful read . . . his seamless weaving together of his own memoir with that of his garden is priceless. A beautifully written book and an inspiration * The Reckless Gardener * Skymeadow is a fascinating book. Facing mental breakdown, devastated by the death of his father and the serious illness of his mother, battling against the claustrophobia of working in the City, Charlie Hart broke free. Tracking down a farmhouse on the Suffolk border, he staved off his anguish by singlehandedly, by his own sweat and toil, over three years transforming the surrounding fields into a ravishing garden. The cast, including his adorable wife Sybilla, four very young children and a floating population of dogs and cats, provide an enchanting picture of family life. Every flower, every passing bud, every change in the season, is described with rapture. Charlie Hart is all heart and we cheer him on. * Jilly Cooper * This book is a love letter to English horticulture written by a passionate gardener. Charlie plots his path through family tragedy and battles to bring his audacious plans for a garden to life in this inspirational memoir. A must-read for anyone who has dreamt of cultivating their own patch of land. * Jane Perrone *