To be launched by Leslie Cannold: Thursday December 6th 6.30pm
If you are new to the writings of Damon Young you are in for a treat. An Australian philosopher, author and commentator, Young's work fits somewhere between that of Alain de Botton and AC Grayling — having greater depth than the former and being more accessible than the latter. It is fitting that Philosophy in the Garden, a book that looks at the relationship between gardens and great writers is to be launched by Leslie Cannold, another great Australian public intellectual who's own work crosses the boundaries of philosophy, politics and literature.
Description of the book:
"Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his ‘thought tree’?
In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon Young explores one of literature’s most intimate relationships: authors and their gardens. For some, the garden provided a retreat from workaday labour; for others, solitude’s quiet counsel. For all, it played a philosophical role: giving their ideas a new life.
Philosophy in the Garden reveals the profound thoughts discovered in parks, backyards and pot-plants. It does not provide tips for mowing overgrown cooch grass, or mulching a dry Japanese maple. It is a philosophical companion to the garden’s labours and joys."