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Has happened before with disastrous resultsMarried again after the tragic death of his first wife Anys Henry tries to forget the past absorbed by his scholarly translation of a Dutch Herbal’ and by the intricate herb garden he is planting with a Knot at its heartYet beneath the surface he is uneasy and as the garden begins to flourish old family troubl. 35 stars I attempted to read this novel a few months ago and just couldn t get into it but refusing to let it beat me I recently picked it up again and eventually finished it I found it a slow read although on realising that it was based on real events my interest picked up As I am a real history lover I lapped up the whole description of Henry and his family s life As with Jane Borodale s previous book she manages perfectly to grasp the era the novel is set in and obviously has done huge research on the subject I found myself often googling the meaning of diseases mentioned in the book and the different characters which many were real people I felt slightly let down as the book and title was based around Henry s knot garden and his herbsbut which was dropped towards the end of the book leaving me unsure how his garden eventually turned out I also felt that after so much description to round the last thirty years of his life up in a six page epilogue left me feeling slightly cheated I would have loved to have slightly attention paid to the next chapter of his life I would say that although it was not a gripping read it s one of those books that you ponder over for uite a while after you have read it Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uneasy and as the garden begins to flourish old family troubl. 35 stars I attempted to read this novel a few months ago and just couldn t get into it but refusing to let it beat me I recently picked it Grass, Sky, Song up again and eventually finished it I found it a slow read although on realising that it was based on real events my interest picked Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos up As I am a real history lover I lapped The Illusionists up the whole description of Henry and his family s life As with Jane Borodale s previous book she manages perfectly to grasp the era the novel is set in and obviously has done huge research on the subject I found myself often googling the meaning of diseases mentioned in the book and the different characters which many were real people I felt slightly let down as the book and title was based around Henry s knot garden and his herbsbut which was dropped towards the end of the book leaving me O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, unsure how his garden eventually turned out I also felt that after so much description to round the last thirty years of his life One for My Baby up in a six page epilogue left me feeling slightly cheated I would have loved to have slightly attention paid to the next chapter of his life I would say that although it was not a gripping read it s one of those books that you ponder over for Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, uite a while after you have read it

Summary The Knot

The Knot

From the author of the Orange New Writers shortlisted THE BOOK OF FIRES1565 Across Europe a new era of natural science is dawning In a remote damp corner of Somerset an unlikely pioneer is working to change the course of English botany Passionate private meticulous Henry Lyte has begun to neglect his other responsibilities in the pursuit of knowledge This. Not for everyone but I loved this slow thoughtful moving meditation on Time Nature Love Death and Family The main character struggles to balance the life of the mind with his exuisite and often painful awareness of the rhythms of the natural world The gorgeous details about 16th century life and the rich countryside of Somersetshire are mesmerizing The narrative is also deeply moving A gorgeous book if you don t mind a very slow pace Electromyography for Experimentalists unlikely pioneer is working to change the course of English botany Passionate private meticulous Henry Lyte has begun to neglect his other responsibilities in the pursuit of knowledge This. Not for everyone but I loved this slow thoughtful moving meditation on Time Nature Love Death and Family The main character struggles to balance the life of the mind with his exuisite and often painful awareness of the rhythms of the natural world The gorgeous details about 16th century life and the rich countryside of Somersetshire are mesmerizing The narrative is also deeply moving A gorgeous book if you don t mind a very slow pace

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Es start to worm their way up towards the light Here on the edge of the fertile wetlands that his new wife Frances fears so much Henry is accustomed to the peril of floodBut when the unexpected death of his father unleashes the malevolence of his stepmother Joan Young he is not prepared for this new threat that could destroy everything he has come to love. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of Henry s garden and each season passing and the changes it brings It is a gently paced book though there is a sense of anticipation as the drama slowly builds Henry is utterly absorbed in the planning of his new garden and translating a book describing plants and their properties both refuges he creates for himself at time when his family suffer hardship and the rights to his property are under threat Despite the tranuility of the garden there is a sense of unease and signs that all is not well the blind widow whose presence unsettles Henry and his second wife s disinterest in the garden and her fear of the marshland around them Henry s character is convincingly portrayed while his view of the world and his academic ambitions stand out his contemporaries clearly do not share his views of disseminating knowledge to all A thoughtful lovely read I m looking forward to reading by this author The Black Painting up towards the light Here on the edge of the fertile wetlands that his new wife Frances fears so much Henry is accustomed to the peril of floodBut when the Fire and Desire unexpected death of his father The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox unleashes the malevolence of his stepmother Joan Young he is not prepared for this new threat that could destroy everything he has come to love. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of Henry s garden and each season passing and the changes it brings It is a gently paced book though there is a sense of anticipation as the drama slowly builds Henry is The Illusionists utterly absorbed in the planning of his new garden and translating a book describing plants and their properties both refuges he creates for himself at time when his family suffer hardship and the rights to his property are Planet of the Bugs under threat Despite the tranuility of the garden there is a sense of Fishes of the Open Ocean unease and signs that all is not well the blind widow whose presence Out of Bounds (Boundaries, unsettles Henry and his second wife s disinterest in the garden and her fear of the marshland around them Henry s character is convincingly portrayed while his view of the world and his academic ambitions stand out his contemporaries clearly do not share his views of disseminating knowledge to all A thoughtful lovely read I m looking forward to reading by this author


10 thoughts on “The Knot

  1. says:

    The blurb lead me to think this is the story of Frances but it isn't This is the story of the 16th century scholar

  2. says:

    Not for everyone but I loved this slow thoughtful moving meditation on Time Nature Love Death and Family The main character struggles to balan

  3. says:

    The main problem I had with this book was the blurb on front and back It is a meticulously researched and thoughtful fictionalisation of the life of Henry Lyte who translated a book on herbs in the 16th century At

  4. says:

    A lovely slowly paced read It kept me company when a heat wave hit Norway this summer and it was too hot to sleep The way Borodale describes Lyte's garden and the Somerset countryside was incredibly calming There was also the mysteries of what had really happened to his first wife Anys and to the widow Hodges' daughter but I must admit that

  5. says:

    Enjoyed the slow pace as the author had clearly done her research on British herbs and plants so I just sat back and let it flow over me Not to

  6. says:

    35 stars I attempted to read this novel a few months ago and just couldn't get into it but refusing to let it beat me I recently picked it up again and eventually finished it I found it a slow read although on realising that it was based on

  7. says:

    Lovely book Historically rich in setting and time and place A simple story but a good one Will recommend to RochelleJuly 2017 On a rainy day outing I recently visited the Lyte Cary Mansion in Somerset England This beautiful old National Trust Manor house turned out to be THE manor in which this novel about Henry Lyte a botanist ? takes place Many things there seemed very familiar including the name 'Lyte' an

  8. says:

    Was surprised to see the back story of a house I drive past on the way to the West Country Henry Lyte was a botanist who t

  9. says:

    I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of Henry's garden and each season passing and the changes it brings It is a gently paced book though there is a

  10. says:

    The KnotJane Borodale AuthorJane Borodale's second novel The Knot contains the same fine writing and story telling skill that made her debut The Book of Fires such a success The Knot is set in the past and tells the story and family complications of Henry Lyte a sixteenth century scientist with his new life following the tragic death of his first wife It has echoes of Rebecca but The Knot is a wholly and comp

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