Rootbound by Alice Vincent

Wainwright Prize Nature WritingWhen she suddenly finds herself uprooted, heartbroken, living out of a suitcase and yearning for the comfort of home, Alice Vincent starts to plant seeds. She nurtures pot plants and vines on windowsills and draining boards, and with each unfurling petal and budding leaf, she begins to come back to life.

Mixing memoir, botanical history and biography, Rootbound examines how bringing a little bit of the outside in can help us find our feet in a world spinning far too fast.

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About the author

Wainwright Prize Nature WritingAlice Vincent is Features Editor at Penguin Books, having previously worked as a writer and editor on the arts desk of the Telegraph. After teaching herself to garden in 2014, Alice started to share her adventures in urban gardening through Noughticulture, a newsletter and Instagram account, as well as in a column for the Telegraph. She has since written for Gardener’s World and Gardens Illustrated, appeared on Gardeners’ Question Time, collaborated with Hunter, Finery, Monsoon and Seedlip, among others, and hosts workshops and a YouTube channel for Patch Plants. Her first book, How To Grow Stuff, was published in 2017. She lives in South London.