‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Vita Sackville-West’
SEED TO DUST
by Marc Hamer
Harvill Secker (UK), April 2019 | Greystone Books (US), October 2019
Working through a year in the garden of a large country estate, a gardener explores the path that led him there. His days are spent with the magnolias and roses, moths and beetles and the distant lady who has employed him for the past thirty years. A broken biographical telling of the journey, mythology and poetry of an outcast boy who just wanted to be somebody’s flower, to an old man who has and is everything that he wants. Intimate, moving and full of beauty, Marc’s meditative prose fills the heart with an appreciation for the life we live, making SEED TO DUST the perfect companion for his critically-acclaimed first book, HOW TO CATCH A MOLE.
Chosen by the American IndieBound.org for its Indie Next List (which promotes the best books in the country at independent bookshops).
Marc Hamer was born in the North of England and moved to Wales over thirty years ago. After spending a period homeless, then working on the railway, he returned to education and studied fine art in Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. He has worked in art galleries, marketing, graphic design, as a magazine editor and taught creative writing in a prison before becoming a gardener.