|Sartre's nausea tree: the chestnut|
Like Miriam Cosic in The Australian, Peter Timms, author of Hobart, compares my book to strolling: "in a luxuriant garden with an erudite friend, although one of a literary rather than horticultural bent."
Timms recognises the limits of 'pop' philosophy, but rightly describes my book as a "primer":
Think of this engaging little book... as a philosophical primer, an approachable introduction to ideas about gardens and the natural world, of which at least some are bound to be unfamiliar and counter-intuitive.Nietzsche was not only concerned, as Timms writes, with "wild nature". Like the Italian orchard, the philosopher's 'free spirits' were brutal but carefully cultivated: what Nietzsche called 'style'.
I'm particularly chuffed that Timms likes the chapter on Sartre, whom I included as an "anti-gardener" (to use Timms' well-chosen words).
(Photo: John Parkin)