Tracy Chevalier


At the edge of the orchard

Who would think that an apple can be the start of something as gripping as this book?!

Golden Pippins, or rather Pitmaston Pineapple, was being grown in England when one of the Goodenoughs takes a few branches to the New World to graft them on to their trees – and the rest is hostory.

Black Swamp is a place that is true to its name, and the Goodenough family has to endure a lot. But out of this comes Robert who, despite everything, has inherited his father’s and grandfather’s gift for grafting apple trees. That eventually leads him to working with William Lobb and he becomes a plant and seed collector.

A gripping story from a first-rate author.