Earthly Joys

Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A sweeping historical novel from Philippa Gregory, the internationally best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

A brand-new recording available as an unabridged digital audio edition for the first time.

A traveller in a time of discovery, the greatest gardening pioneer of his day, yet a man of humble birth: John Tradescant's story is a mirror to the extraordinary age in which he lives.

As gardener and confidant to Sir Robert Cecil, Tradescant is well placed to observe the social and political changes that are about to sweep through the kingdom. While his master conjures intrigues at Court, Tradescant designs for him the magnificent garden at Hatfield, scouring the known world for ever more wonderful plants: new varieties of fruit and flower, the first horse chestnuts to be cultivated in England, even larches from Russia.

Moving to the household of the flamboyant Duke of Buckingham, Tradescant witnesses at first hand the growing division between Parliament and the people, and the most loyal of servants must find a way to become an independent squire.

©2018 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league." (Daily Mail)

"A hugely enjoyable and unexpectedly moving book." (Daily Telegraph)

"Vivid and enthralling good gripping stuff." (Sunday Times)

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  • Annie
  • 09-24-19

An engrossing start which sadly got monotonous

I didn’t finish this book, sadly. I was drawn in by this historic gardener and his stoic loyalty for his first lord Cecil, but this became severely misplaced with his next great lord. But more than this, the endless discussions on similar topics began to sound like pontification in the last three hours. Enough, I said! I loved to learn about his journeys, his deep love and experimentation in gardening and the exotic plants he brought back to England, and was looking forward to hearing about his son going to America in the sequel ‘Virgin Earth’...but now I’m not so sure...

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  • Mrs Ann Timms
  • 08-24-19

loved this book

i did not want this story to end. and tne narraor was brilliant too. Looking forward to the next in the series

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  • Paul Craig
  • 04-27-19

Wonderful. As good as her usual high standard.

she makes you love all the characters and love gardening. great read. I would highly recommend

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  • Traveller
  • 10-22-20

Interesting piece of history

Good story in an interesting part of history l knew very little about. Much too long though..? Would have preferred an abridged version with less of the boring domestic conversations and pious ruminations that seem to go on for an eternity in some places. Nearly gave up in the first half, but persevered, and pace moved on a bit in the second. Glad l stuck with it though.

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  • 07-16-19

Interesting Historical Fiction

The Historical element of this story was interesting as most of the authors works are. The narrator was great The overall story itself was OK - the main character was not as interesting as other novels though