A Song For Will And The Lost Gardeners Of Heligan
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A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan by Hilary RobinsonBUY THIS BOOK
When the First World War is declared on 4th August 1914, errand boy, Alfie, is disappointed that he is too young to sign up. But his frustration turns to despair as he begins to understand the brutal reality of battle.During the four year conflict, Alfie’s exchange of letters with Heligan stone mason, Fred Paynter, and the visits home of gardener, William Guy, paint a poignant picture of life at the front.
Reading them in a peaceful corner of England, the sanctuary of Heligan, Alfie realises just how different his life could have been. Can Fred and Will survive the horrors of the Somme offensive in 1916? And what shocking news might Alfie receive about other battles?
Drawing on facts from the historical records of The Lost Gardens of Heligan, ‘A Song For Will’ is a beautiful story of longing, loss and discovery.
Many of the characters featured in the story including, Fred Paynter and William Guy are based on real people. Many of the landmarks at Heligan itself also feature in the story including The Sun-Dial Garden, The Pineapple Pit, The Melon Yard, the Peach House, Flora’s Green, The Dove Tree and the Italian Garden.
Drawing on archives and historical records of The Lost Gardens of Heligan, as well as actual military archives, A Song for Will is a beautiful story of longing, loss, discovery and ultimately, of hope.
A special section at the back of the book pays homage to the nine members of the outdoor staff who didn’t return, and to the four that did.