160 pages, hand-written sketchbook (A5 in black and white and colour), paperback.
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A sketchbook from the wilder side of the garden
‘ . . . earthy through and through. You can feel the garden, the weather, watch the
wildlife and smell the seasons through its pages.’
‘wonderful pictures of everyday things in the garden’
The Sunday Times included Rough Patch in a Christmas round-up of last year’s best
gardening books, describing it as ‘a charming little stocking-filler’ with ‘well-observed
watercolours of plants and bird and pond life through the year.’
‘Richard Bell could be another David Attenborough,’ wrote Terry Fletcher in the Dalesman,
‘with his tales of astonishing plants and carefully observed wildlife – except that
he never gets beyond his own garden fence.’
Country Smallholding magazine describes the book as ‘. . full of lively incidents
and observations, not to mention a couple of poems, recipes and children’s drawings.
We meet all kinds of creatures from the garden, from moths to bats, bees to newts,
and even look up at the stars.’
Paperback, 160 pages, black and white and colour, size A5 210 x 148 mm