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'Cherry' Ingram Naoko Abe

'Cherry' Ingram By Naoko Abe

'Cherry' Ingram by Naoko Abe


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The irresistible story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown Englishman

'This is not just a tale of trees, but of .

'Cherry' Ingram Summary

'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms by Naoko Abe

The irresistible story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown Englishman

'This is not just a tale of trees, but of . . . endeavour, war and reconciliation' Sunday Times


Collingwood Ingram, born in 1880, became known as 'Cherry' for his defining obsession. As a young man, he travelled to Japan and learned of the astonishing displays of cherry blossoms, or sakura.

On a return visit in 1926, Ingram witnessed frightening changes to the country's cherry population. A cloned variety was sweeping the landscape and being used as a symbol for Japan's expansionist ambitions. Determined to protect the diversity of the trees, Ingram began sending the rare varieties from his own garden in England back to Japan with the help of a network of 'cherry guardians'.

This is an eloquent portrait of an extraordinary man whose legacy we enjoy every spring, and his unsung place in botanic history.

'Engrossing . . . A portrait of great charm and sophistication' Christopher Harding, Guardian

Winner of the 2020 Award for Excellence from The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

'Cherry' Ingram Reviews

This is not just a tale of trees, but of the symbolism of the cherry tree to Japan: of endeavour, war and reconciliation * Sunday Times, Books of the Year *
Sympathetic and engrossing... a portrait of great charm and sophistication, rich in its natural and historical range, guaranteeing that you won't look at cherry blossoms the same way again -- Dr Christopher Harding * Guardian *
A remarkable book...excellent...fascinating, a treat for gardeners, cherry-growers and historians -- Robin Lane Fox * Financial Times *
[A] deeply moving book -- beautifully written, and a huge achievement in terms of research -- Claire Kohda Hazelton * The Spectator *
Set against the narrative arc of Japanese history, journalist Naoko Abe's account of the man behind the preservation of her country's national symbol is both sympathetic and compelling... On reading this book, beautifully illustrated with atmospheric period shots and colour plates, you may well determine, as I have, to visit Japan at cherry blossom time -- Vanessa Berridge * Sunday Express *

About Naoko Abe

Naoko Abe is a Japanese journalist and non-fiction writer. She was the first female political writer to cover the prime minister's office, the foreign ministry and the defence ministry at Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan's largest newspapers. Since moving to London with her British husband and their two boys in 2001, she has worked as a freelance writer and has published five books in Japanese. Her biography of Collingwood Ingram in Japanese won the prestigious Nihon Essayist Club Award in 2016. She has now written an adaptation of the book for English-language readers. She is a trained classical pianist and an advanced yoga practitioner.

Additional information

GOR010734813
9781784706920
1784706922
'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms by Naoko Abe
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
20200319
400
Long-listed for HWA Crowns 2019 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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