‘The worth of Other Men’s Flowers is that it is not a manufactured article, made for the market, but the harvest of a life’s devotion – of things long held precious in the memory.’ Daily Telegraph
Published during the dark days of the Second World War, Other Men’s Flowers – Lord Wavell’s anthology of English poetry, enhanced by his own introduction and annotations – was to be found in many kitbags taken across to France on D-Day. He was simply pleasing himself, recalling the poetry that he had first read and learned by heart in youth; in doing so, he has pleased every generation since 1944, for this book has never gone out of print.
The Thread that Binds Them
Some years ago, when writing a gardening article for an achingly right-on newspaper, I used the expression ‘other men’s flowers’. I cannot now remember in what context but I have not forgotten...Read more