The Morville Hours

  • by Katherine Swift
  • Narrated by Katherine Swift
  • 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An intriguing story of a place, a person and the garden she created. In 1988 Katherine Swift arrived at the Dower House at Morville to create a garden of her own. This beautifully written, utterly absorbing book is the history of the many people who have lived in the same Shropshire house, tending the same soil, passing down stories over the generations. Spanning thousands of years, The Morville Hours takes the form of a medieval Book of Hours.
It is a meditative journey through the seasons, but also a journey of self-exploration. It is a book about finding one’s place in the world and putting down roots.


What the Critics Say

"A magical book. I have read it twice now. I love the richness of Katherine Swift’s prose; the flashes of her family’s story that are scattered through the deliciously written text; the gorgeous detail. The Morville Hours is the most beautiful book I have read in years." (Nigel Slater)
"This is gardening writing at its best. Swift’s prose brings the garden alive in all its details, scents and meaning … Evocative, heartfelt and magical." (Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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Enchanting hours

The story of the gardens at Morville is much more that just their making. It is the story of many lives and the history of this part of Shropshire. It is the sort of book that makes one want to go outside inspired to garden! Brilliant.
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- Rogayah

The most beautiful book - movingly read

I was in hospital and didn't know if it was day or night - this audiobook was my anchor. Katherine Swift's reading is a balm, the story is epic, sweeping and yet full of small wonders. Gentle and meditative, yet mind expanding and epic, utterly transformative and healing. A book that was and is a gift and remains a joy to me. Listen to it at night if you can't sleep, or if you are worried or your mind is racing, listen to it if your life needs perspective, your heart needs a boost or you need mending, challenging or renewing. A reading of utter beauty and grace.
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- melisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-07-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios