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Two Men Went to Mow: The Obsession, Impact and History of Lawn Mowing

By Clive Gravett



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Author Clive Gravett
Binding Hardback
Date published November 2018
Number of pages 160
Publisher Unicorn Press Publishing Group
ISBN / Item No. 9781911604471


Mowing brings out the obsessive in all of us.

This is a story of two men, born 157 years apart, and their shared obsession with the lawn mower.

The lawn mower's inventor, Edwin Beard Budding (1796-1846), and Clive Gravett the author of the book and the man who's obsession with the lawn mower and its inventor has spawned a Museum and Charity dedicated to his hero and featurning his impressive collection of mowers spanning 150 years.

The story of the lawn mower is one that impacts all of our lives, not least through the many sports played on turf; what would the game of cricket look like if we were still using the scythe?

Gravett takes us on a strange and fascinating path charting the development of the mower and the many parralells with and impacts on social history and famous historical figures, some of whom may surprise you!

© The Royal Horticultural Society 2017