A History of the Allotment Movement

280pp ILLUS & PHOTOS 2015 LIST PRICE: £14.99 (P) HB60



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The word ‘allotment’, to some, still conjures up images of housewives Digging for Victory during World War II. However, beyond this public memory there is a history inextricably linked to the land and its people. Hitherto, the story of the allotment movement has been primarily one of relieving hunger, and while feeding people has indeed been a significant part of the story – it has been only that. This book tells another side, that of intrigue, lawsuits, government, politics, wars, land grabs, art, culture, recreation and not least of all, want and plenty. The land racket, soaring house prices, speculators’ paradise . . . it is not easy to come by a full and balanced picture of the facts.