Monday, November 26, 2018

War Gardens: A Journey Through Conflict in Search of Calm by Lalage Snow

A journey through the most unlikely of gardens: the oases of peace people create in the midst of war

War Gardens: A Journey Through Conflict in Search of Calm by Lalage Snow will be published by Hachette Australia on 28 August 2018, RRP $32.99


On 28 August Hachette Australia will publish Lalage Snow's WAR GARDENS. Journalist, photographer and filmmaker Lalage Snow takes us on a journey through Afghanistan, Gaza, The West Bank, Israel and The Ukraine exploring private gardens tended to by civilians caught up in conflict and the universal search for peace. The book will be released just in time for Lalage's photography to be featured as a part of Sydney Opera House's Antidote festival in September.


Working in the world's most dangerous war zones, freelance war correspondent and photographer Lally Snow has often chanced across a very moving sight, a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit in adversity, a celebration of hope and beauty: a war garden. In Kabul, the royal gardens are tended by a centenarian gardener, though the king is long gone; in Camp Bastion, bored soldiers improvise tiny gardens to give themselves a moment's peace; on both sides of the dividing line in Jerusalem families tend groves of olives and raise beautiful plants from the unforgiving, disputed landscape; in Ukraine, families tend their gardens in the middle of a surreal, frozen war.


You can see visuals from the book and some more information here, including a link to the documentary The Gardeners of Kabul:

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