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Author Ian Parson and publisher sign contracts at Greenway, holiday home of Agatha Christie

Author Ian Parson and publisher sign contracts at Greenway, holiday home of Agatha Christie

Ian signed the A Secret Step book Author & Publisher contract at Greenways, Devon, holiday home of Agatha Christie, now looked after for us all by the National Trust.

‘A Secret Step’ will be launched in London on the 7th August 2013 based at The White Hart Pub, Whitechapel High Street. This is the 125th anniversary of the first suspected victim by ‘Jack the Ripper’, a Martha Tabram, who was murdered within yards of this popular public house.

With Ian’s horticultural background, it was inevitable that he would feature plants on the book cover. Both featured plants have the ability to colonise bomb sites or burned out & derelict spaces. Each plant is particularly relevant to the East End.

 

Saxifrage x urbium - London Pride

Saxifraga x urbium – London Pride

One is London Pride (Saxifraga x urbium), a garden escape, was chosen as it represents the pride and resilience shown by the people of London in their determination not to be beaten by the Blitz. Indeed, Noel Coward’s song of 1941 celebrates both the flower and the City.

 

 

 

 

The other, Rosebay Willow Herb (Chamerion angustifolium) which is otherwise known as Fireweed. It was voted the county Flower of London in 2002. There are many stories of people using the young shoots to mix with other greens to supplement their wartime rationed diet! The mature stems are full of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A, so were picked, peeled and eaten raw. The roots can also be roasted but may taste bitter.

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