Diva (UK) - - Culture | Book Reviews - Alys Fowler

Guardian colum­nist, BBC TV pre­sen­ter and hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Alys Fowler knew she needed an ad­ven­ture, a break from Lon­don, from car­ing for her chron­i­cally ill hus­band, even from her beloved gar­den. So she set off in an in­flat­able pack raft to pad­dle Birmingham’s water­ways. She writes with wry ten­der­ness about the flora and fauna, flot­sam and jet­sam of the canals, but there are more trou­bled wa­ters within. She has fallen in love with a woman. At 37 years old, Fowler has to con­front her new iden­tity, and deal with the dif­fi­cult reper­cus­sions, the guilt as well as the joy, of dis­cov­er­ing her­self and her life anew. Ex­plor­ing the glo­ri­ous sur­prises of ur­ban na­ture, along­side the un­char­tered ter­ri­to­ries of her de­sires, Alys Fowler has writ­ten a strik­ingly hon­est and orig­i­nal me­moir. Hod­der & Stoughton, £ 20

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