House of Glass by Susan Fletcher review – gardening and ghosts | Books | The GuardianPublished by Scholastic Paperbacks. Seller Rating:. About this Item: Scholastic Paperbacks. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
Ghost in the garden
Jump to navigation. The ghost in the garden Cracks twigs as she treads Shuffles the leaves But isn't there. The ghost in the garden Snaps back the brambles So they spring against my legs But isn't there. Draws spiders' webs across my face Breathes mist on my cheek Whispers with bird-breath down my ear But isn't there. Tosses raindrops down from branches Splashes the pond Traces a face in it That isn't mine. Spreads bindweed out to catch me Flutters wild wings about my head Tugs at my hair But isn't there. And when I look There's only the bend of grass Where her running feet Have smudged the dew.
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S usan Fletcher writes well researched and intricate fiction set in beautifully observed landscapes. House of Glass offers readers many of the pleasures of her earlier work. In , a young woman called Clara Waterfield takes a summer job setting up the glasshouse in the garden of a Cotswolds country house. She has learnt about exotic plants from a gardener in the Palm House at Kew Gardens, where she sought comfort after the death of her mother. Clara was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, brittle bone disease, which has left her very small, permanently limping and physically distorted by poorly healed fractures. She spent most of her childhood in padded rooms, taught only by her mother and never allowed to leave the house in case she injured herself. Since there were no visitors, Clara also lacks all experience of social interaction and is direct to the point of rudeness.