Margaret Roach's New Book

Margaret Roach, former editorial director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, author of the excellent book A Way to Garden and current administrator of its companion blog, awaytogarden.com, is in the midst of writing her new gardening book. I was excited to hear over the weekend that the first draft of her 70,000-word tome was turned into her publisher just a few days ago. In a newsletter to her regular readers, Margaret shares some information about the new book, which is due out sometime in November or December of 2010. I'll share them with you now:

"It was the longest piece of writing I'd ever attempted, and also the most personal. It's a book about dropping out, at midlife and in peak career; about trying not to be afraid of lost prestige or about money - or about snakes or electric storms and whatever else rattles my cage.

"It is a story about starting to realize a dream I'd had for more than 20 years but always been too afraid to try - to live in my rural garden fulltime and return to the personal creativity that got lost in my executive years in publishing. It's a book about letting nature be the guide, finally, and listening to its signals; about looking for (and finding) some peace.

"...Awaytogarden.com was the first thing I created in the aftermath of my old life. It is the most precious possession in my new life, largely because of how welcome and connected all of you make me feel each day, even as I sit alone at my table in Nowheresville at my old table littered with all my writing stuff, pondering."

Margaret is an exceptional writer and is certainly my favourite garden writer. She perfectly blends the philosophical with the practical, which is so much of what true gardening is about. She uses language gorgeously, weaving engaging sentences that make the reader want to get down into the dirt and start digging. I'm sure this new book will be incredible and I can't wait to read it!


Anonymous said...

She must have got a veru nice severance package from MSLO to allow her to putter around her garden,getting in touch with her creativity or whatever it was she said.

Anonymous said...

Margaret strikes me as a lovely woman. She must have worked very hard to create her blogs, her gorgeous garden - and a new book. Good luck to her!


Yes, I'm sure she was very well compensated for the 15 years of extremely hard work she put into the company and magazine. So well deserved. (Going forward I will be strictly monitoring comments that sting of negativity, so if you're here to be bitter or crusty, your comments will be promptly deleted. Thanks!)

Margaret Roach said...

Thanks, Andrew, for the nice post and the ongoing show of encouragement. Of course (as you know) writing the book is just one facet of my new freelance career, and I am also helping clients build websites for a living, so onward I work in various ways - though not in the fast lane any longer. Hope to see you on the blog soon again; all the best meantime.


And let's not forget all those frogboys keeping you hopping, Margaret. (Ok, bad joke...)

Elaine said...

I am SO looking forward to her new book!