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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Britain & Ireland - GRAEME BLUN­DELL

ONEof those won­der­fully ec­cen­tric ideas that could only have come from Ade­laide, The Body in the Gar­den is a crime and gar­den writ­ers’ fes­ti­val, and surely the first of its kind. You might think the link is ten­u­ous but gar­dens, like the best crime fic­tion, are full of class, and we can read them like books. They can be cosy (faintly aris­to­cratic, ster­ling sil­ver se­ca­teurs), psy­cho­log­i­cal (visi­tors not wel­come and you can’t see over the hedges), ro­man­tic (lots of roses), hard-boiled (blokes on ride-on mow­ers), his­tor­i­cal (heir­loom bulbs) and an­a­lyt­i­cal (full of puzzles). Crime writ­ers at the 25 free events, all cen­tred on the Ade­laide Botanic Gar­den, in­clude Barry Mait­land, Tony Ca­vanaugh (pic­tured) and Michael Robotham; rep­re­sent­ing the gar­den­ing fra­ter­nity are Toby Mus­grave, Charles El­liott and Paul Ban­gay. Ses­sions will look at whether we con­front our mod­ern world on the city streets or re­treat to safety in our gar­dens and deliberate whether the fe­male of the species is more dan­ger­ous. Oc­to­ber 25-27. More: the­bodyinthe­gar­den.com.au.

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