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It is difficult to imagine a more potentially appealing horticultural book than one about the long-running TV series Gardeners' World - inside stories about Percy Thrower and Geoff Hamilton, the battle between chemical and organic creeds, and so on.

But the potential remains unfulfilled in BBC Gardeners' World Through the Years by Gay Search (Carlton Books, 191pp, pounds 20). Despite the old photos and wealth of personalities, this is a mediocre coffee-table book.

Accounts of the presenters' lives and contributions to the programme are short and superficial, original anecdotes are few and far between, and much of the book is devoted to insubstantial features about flower species and great gardens that have no special connection with Gardeners' World.

Still, no doubt the TV connection will ensure the book sells like hot cakes as a Christmas gift.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2003
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