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The final written testament from the hand of a gifted filmmaker, painter, writer, gardener and overall creative genius.
When the brilliant, controversial filmmaker Derek Jarman (whose works include Caravaggio, The Last of England, Edward II, Wittgenstein, and Blue) discovered in 1986 that he was HIV-positive, he decided to construct a garden at his cottage on the coast of Dungeness, Kent, a flat, bleak, often desolate expanse of land that faces a nuclear power plant. This is Jarman's personal account of how his garden evolved, from its earliest beginnings in 1986 through the last days of his life.
Howard Sooley's photographs capture the garden during all its different stages and in every season of the year. Photographs from various angles reveal the garden's complex geometric plan, its magical stone circles, and its beautiful and bizarre sculptures. The photographs also provide glimpses of Jarman's life in Dungeness: walking, weeding, watering, or simply enjoying life. This book will appeal to all those who are themselves practicing gardeners, as well as the legions of admirers of this extraordinary man.
"A testament to the power of words to redeem and the soil to heal."-Garden Design
Derek Jarman, who died of AIDS in February 1994, was considered to be Britain's leading independent filmmaker but he was also a man of many other talents including painting, gardening and writing.