It was Tresco that got me started on the sea. Its world-famous Abbey Gardens also got me started on gardens. A mixture of the two impelled me to write this novel.
The Sea Garden is the story of a family who live on an island. It spans a hundred and fifty-odd years. During this time family members were born and fell in love and died. They also created a great and famous garden.
Now it is 2001, and new terraces are being dug. A skeleton comes to light. It quickly becomes apparent that in the Sea Garden – and all others – beauty is only a by-product. Seduction is to do with procreation. Fertility comes from decay. The main business of gardens is sex and death.
“Dazzling…Patrick O’Brian meets Daphne du Maurier – at last!”