Earthly Joys
Philippa Gregory, Read by David Rintoul

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Narrated By: David Rintoul

Duration: 17 hours and 46 minutes

What to expect

ONE OF THE TIMES’ 25 BEST AUDIOBOOKS

A sweeping historical novel from Philippa Gregory, the internationally best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

A brand-new recording available as an unabridged digital audio edition for the first time.

A traveller in a time of discovery, the greatest gardening pioneer of his day, yet a man of humble birth: John Tradescant's story is a mirror to the extraordinary age in which he lives.

As gardener and confidant to Sir Robert Cecil, Tradescant is well placed to observe the social and political changes that are about to sweep through the kingdom. While his master conjures intrigues at Court, Tradescant designs for him the magnificent garden at Hatfield, scouring the known world for ever more wonderful plants: new varieties of fruit and flower, the first horse chestnuts to be cultivated in England, even larches from Russia.

Moving to the household of the flamboyant Duke of Buckingham, Tradescant witnesses at first hand the growing division between Parliament and the people, and the most loyal of servants must find a way to become an independent squire.

Genre

Classic fiction, Historical fiction

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‘When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league’
Daily Mail

‘A hugely enjoyable and unexpectedly moving book’
Daily Telegraph

‘Vivid and enthralling… good gripping stuff’
Sunday Times