Rough Patch

Books written and illustrated by Richard Bell

Willow Island Editions
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Rough Patch

Price £4.99, post free in the U.K.

160 pages, hand-written sketchbook (A5 in black and white and colour), paperback.

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A sketchbook from the wilder side of the garden


‘ . . . earthy through and through. You can feel the garden, the weather, watch the wildlife and smell the seasons through its pages.’


Liz Wright,Smallholder

‘wonderful pictures of everyday things in the garden’


Daily Telegraph


The Sunday Times included Rough Patch in a Christmas round-up of last year’s best gardening books, describing it as ‘a charming little stocking-filler’ with ‘well-observed watercolours of plants and bird and pond life through the year.’


‘Richard Bell could be another David Attenborough,’ wrote Terry Fletcher in the Dalesman, ‘with his tales of astonishing plants and carefully observed wildlife – except that he never gets beyond his own garden fence.’


Country Smallholding magazine describes the book as ‘. . full of lively incidents and observations, not to mention a couple of poems, recipes and children’s drawings. We meet all kinds of creatures from the garden, from moths to bats, bees to newts, and even look up at the stars.’


Paperback, 160 pages, black and white and colour, size A5 210 x 148 mm


£4.99 (U.K. only)

ISBN 1-902467-15-9