Why Women Grow
From Shelf: The Story of a Life
A stunning meditation on why women are drawn to the soil, featuring contributions from Ali Smith, Hazel Gardiner and Cosey Fanni Tutti
LONGLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITINGTHE TIMES / WATERSTONES TOP 10 BESTSELLERAN INDEPENDENT BEST BOOK TO READ IN 2023A STYLIST NONFICTION MUST-READ FOR 2023A SUNDAY TIMES GARDENING BOOK TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2023Women have always gardened, but our stories have been buried with our work. Alice Vincent is on a quest to change that. To understand what encourages women to go out, work the soil, plant seeds and nurture them, even when so many other responsibilities sit upon their shoulders. To recover the histories that have been lost among the soil. Why Women Grow is a much-needed exploration of why women turn to the earth, as gardeners, growers and custodians. This book emerged from a deeply rooted desire to share the stories of women who are silenced and overlooked. In doing so, Alice fosters connections with gardeners that unfurl into a tender exploration of women's lives, their gardens and what the ground has offered them, with conversations spanning creation and loss, celebration and grief, power, protest, identity and renaissance. Wise, curious and sensitive, Why Women Grow follows Alice in her search for answers, with inquisitive fronds reaching and curling around the intimate anecdotes of others.