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A meditative and inspiring diary of Derek Jarman's famous garden at Dungeness. 

In 1986 Derek Jarman discovered he was HIV positive and decided to make a garden at his cottage on the barren coast of Dungeness. 

Facing an uncertain future, he nevertheless found solace in nature, growing all manner of plants. While some perished beneath wind and sea-spray, others flourished, creating brilliant, unexpected beauty in the wilderness. 

Modern Nature is both a diary of the garden and a meditation by Jarman on his own life: his childhood, his time as a young gay man in the 1960s, his renowned career as an artist, writer and film-maker. It is at once a lament for a lost generation, an unabashed celebration of gay sexuality and a devotion to all that is living.

©1991 Derek Jarman/The Keith Collins Will (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Derek Jarman is such an inspiration as an artist and as a human. His activism, his art and his garden give a vivid insight to the times. It’s a pleasure to see the world through his eyes and it’s such an interesting period in terms of LGBTI+ history. I loved the book when I first read it and I find listening to it emotional. It also makes me wish to be in London again.

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  • 24-06-2021

Beautiful diary but not great narration

Sensitive thoughtful and wonderful writing. But the narration does not feel as human or flexible as the writing. It is a bit abrasive and with a hard tone, which means the meditative and reflective nature of Jarman’s diary is not able to be relaxed into.

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