The Day Job: Adventures of a Jobbing Gardener

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The author’s incompetent early career as a gardener is hilariously revealed in this comic memoir. His bizarre experiences among the hellebores and overgrown rock roses of the middle classes are marvels of humour and eccentricity.

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Mark Wallington was born in Swanage in Dorset in 1953. He worked for a while as a gardener in London before becoming a scriptwriter and a journalist. In 1982 he walked the South West Coastal Path and his subsequent book, 500-Mile Walkies, became a bestseller. In 1992 Mark Wallington published his novel The Missing Postman and then wrote the script for the award-winning television play starring James Bolam. He is much sought-after as a film and television writer, working from his home in the High Peak in Derbyshire, where he keeps a truly wonderful garden. He is married with two children.

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"An affectionate account of a year he spent fleecing the residents of north London as a jobbing gardener... Likeable and generous" -- Guardian

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