Tuesday, September 9

Joel Holland / 'Sissinghurst' Type and Illustration

Joel Holland has created the type and illustrations for Adam Nicholson's new book 'Sissinhurst - An Unfinished History'.

See more of Joels work -> HERE
Buy the book -> HERE


Book Description
A fascinating account from award-winning author, Adam Nicolson, on the history of Nicolson's own national treasure, his family home: Sissinghurst. Sissinghurst is world famous as a place of calm and beauty, a garden slipped into the ruins of a rose-pink Elizabethan palace. But is it entirely what its creators intended? Has its success over the last thirty years come at a price? Is Sissinghurst everything it could be?

The story of this piece of land, an estate in the Weald of Kent, is told here for the first time from the very beginning. Adam Nicolson, who now lives there, has uncovered remarkable new findings about its history as a medieval manor and great sixteenth-century house, from the days of its decline as an eighteenth-century prison to a flourishing Victorian farm and on to the creation, by his grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, of a garden in a weed-strewn wreck. Alongside his recovery of the past, Adam Nicolson wanted something else: for the land at Sissinghurst to live again, to become the landscape of orchards, cattle, fruit and sheep he remembered from his boyhood. Could that living frame of a mixed farm be brought back to what had turned into monochrome fields of chemicalised wheat and oilseed rape? Against the odds, he was going to try.

Adam Nicolson has always been a passionate writer about landscape and buildings, but this is different. This is the place he wanted to make good again, reconnecting garden, farm and land. More than just a personal biography of a place, this book is the story of taking an inheritance and steering it in a new direction, just as an entrepreneur might take hold of a company, or just as all of us might want to take our dreams and make them real.

Key title / A fantastic new title from award-winning author Adam Nicholson looking at the history surrounding Adam's family trust home: Sissinghurst. / In 2004, Adam Nicolson won the WH Heinemann Award for his book 'Power and Glory: Jacobean England and the Making of the King James Bible'. / 'Men of Honour' has now sold over 15,000 copies in the UK alone and was chosen as Book of the Year by four different publications including the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail. / Supported by joint marketing and publicity from The National Trust. / 'Sea Room' has sold 64,000 copies in the UK