Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill, by Michael Jacobson, is another gardening novel but very different to Our Man Arty.

The central character, Blink Johns, created beauty and delight where he worked as Head Gardener in the cemetery. So enthralling were the results of his carefully planned plantings that many families found themselves as regular visitors to the final resting place of their dearly departed.

But Blink has grown old and is trapped in a nursing home until his grandson busts him out for a road trip that diverts down memory lane for Blink and unfamiliar territory for his grandson.

First published in 2002, this novel, that is both enchanting and tragic, is set in Tasmania and brings to life some of the glossed over lives and facts of a not-so long ago period many would be happier to forget.