A Gull on the Roof: Tales from a Cornish Flower Farm

Author(s): Derek Tangye


The first title in the Minack Chronicles, which tell the story of how Derek and his wife Jeannie left behind their London home to establish a flower farm on the coast of Cornwall. From inauspicious beginnings, this book includes tales of the couple's first animals, including Monty the ginger cat, and takes us through trials and tribulations until the arrival of a gull on the roof provides the first augury of better times to come.


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What would it take to risk everything, give up your home and job, and make the move to a simple life in Cornwall?

Derek Tangye (1912-1996) was the author of the much-loved books that collectively became known as 'The Minack Chronicles'. They told the story of how he and his wife Jean left behind their cosmopolitan lifestyle in London to relocate to a clifftop daffodil farm in Cornwall. There they lived in a simple cottage surrounded by their beloved animals, which featured regularly in his books. In their later years, the Tangyes bought the fields next to their cottage which are now preserved as the Minack Chronicles Nature Reserve.

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  • : 9781472109903
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Constable
  • : February 2014
  • : 178mm X 111mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2014
  • : books

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  • : Derek Tangye
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 224