Coming up Roses


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Coming up Roses

A collection of garden stories from Wales

Edited by Caroline Oakley

"Sad, tense, funny, bizarre but best of all, original plots and a huge variety of themes show how creative writers can transform fruit and veg, flower borders and potting sheds to delve into our deepest fears and unrequited longings but also bring on the growth of new possibilities with each passing season." Western Mail

Anthology, Fiction, Short Stories



Everything's coming up roses... But not all of those roses are beautiful or sweet smelling - some have a touch of frost. Our gardens reflect our lives, from the regimented to the artfully dishevelled, the pristine to the neglected, an this collection of bittersweet stories is surprising in its variety.

'Coming up Roses' is narrated from the viewpoint of a dead man, 'Yellow Ribbons on a Pear Tree' tells of the return home of an Italian POW, 'Red Dahlias' of a homesick immigrant and 'Whose House is it?' of one woman's battle with dementia. There are smiles to be found in 'Monstera Deliciosa' - a Swiss Cheese plant's memoir, and shivers from the atmospheric tale of a haunted house in 'Windrush'. Something for everyone whether plant collector, allotment holder or armchair Alan Titchmarsh...


"Crime, romance, loss, haunted tales... this collection has it all. 20 great stories... an ideal prsent for the gardener in your life."
Lynda's Book Blog (

ISBN: 9781870206938
Language: English
Categories: Anthology, Fiction, Short Stories
First Published by Honno: 25th January 2008

Contributors: Alexandra Claire, Ally Thomas, Catherine Osborn, Cecilia Morreau, Christine Hurst, Elizabeth Morgan, Ella-Louise Gilbert, Hilary Bowers, Imogen Rhia Herrad, Joy Tucker, Judith Barrow, Molly Price, Naomi Bagel, Nina Schmeider, Penny Anne Windsor, Ruth Joseph, Siân Melangell Dafydd, Sue Anderson, Sue Coffey, Vivien Kelly

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