Seed to Dust

Seed to Dust

Life, Nature, and a Country Garden

Marc Hamer


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  • For fans of Maid and readers of James Herriot (All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small), Seed to Dust follows a year in the life of a professional gardener at work on a sprawling British country estate owned by his mysterious employer, “Miss Cashmere”. 
  • Hamer’s musings on his mysterious, enigmatic employer and on his own life - including a period spent homeless as a teenager - add a layer of mystery and sentiment to his unusually compelling gardening memoir. 
  • Publishes in conjunction with National Gardening Month (April).
  • Highly anticipated follow up to the Indie Next Pick and Hamer’s critically acclaimed memoir How to Catch a Mole.
  • A poetic and evocative meditation on the cycles of nature, and life itself. 
  • A unique piece of nature writing that combines memoir, gardening and folklore, with philosophical musings and natural history.
  • Hamer’s How to Catch a Mole was longlisted for the prestigious Wainwright Prize.


Marc Hamer:

MARC HAMER was born in the North of England but has lived in Wales for more than thirty years. After spending a period of time homeless, then working on the railway, he returned to education and studied fine art. Hamer worked in art galleries and taught creative writing in prisons before becoming a gardener and mole catcher. He is the author of How to Catch a Mole.