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How to grow your own invisible allotment

Digital

11 pledges

The e-book edition and your name in the back of the book

Early bird special edition hardback / Sold out

50 pledges

Special edition hardback

21 pledges

First edition hardback, the e-book and your name in the back of the book

There was a young pledger from Unbound...

3 pledges

First edition hardback, the e-book and your name in the back of the book, plus I will write a limerick or clerihew exclusively for you. And you don’t even have to wait until the book’s published – I’ll write the rhyme on a postcard in my appalling handwriting and send it straight to you (under plain cover!).
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Collectable

10 pledges

Signed first edition hardback, the e-book and your name in the back of the book

Exclusive ebook package

4 pledges

A free and exclusive e-book: Laughing At Rhubarb, a 33,000-word selection of the humour columns I wrote for Organic Gardening magazine for almost 20 years. As the introduction says: "For much of that time, I believe I was Britain’s only regular gardening magazine humorist. I don’t say I was the best, but I was the only one." This ebook contains about 80 of my favourite columns from throughout that long run. The collection has never been published, and I guarantee it won't be published anywhere for at least one year after the first publication of Eat Your Front Garden. In other words, the only way in the world you can get hold of it (short of stealing my computer) is through this pledge.
Plus everything at the Collectable level

Gift special

If you'd like to give Eat Your Front Garden as a gift, I will supply and sign a charity greetings card, according to your instructions, which will be sent to you (or the recipient of your gift).
Plus everything in the Collectable level

Fantasy deal

A signed paperback edition of Soother's Boy, my fantasy novel for older children which was published in 2008.
Plus everything in the Collectable level

Futurist deal

A signed paperback edition of Acts of Destruction, my police procedural novel set in the near future, which was published in 2009; you can read the opening chapter here.
Plus everything in the Collectable level

Grow your own

1 pledge

When I send you your copy of the hardback, I will enclose a photo of a plant from my own invisible allotment – and, free of charge, a part of that plant to grow in yours. Exactly what will depend on what I've got available and what time of year it is, but it'll be seeds, a tuber, a cutting, or some other form of propagation material of something interesting and edible. I’ll email you first to make sure it’s something you actually want! (Sorry, but this offer is only available within the UK).
Plus everything in the Collectable level

Invisible Allotment consultation

1 pledge

Email me photos and details of your own front garden or drive, and I'll write back with suggestions of 'invisible allotment' plants that would suit your conditions, and advice on how and where to plant them, look after them and harvest them.
Plus everything at the Collectable level

A One-Off Crime

Everything at the Collectable level, plus a spiral-bound reviewers' proofs of my second crime novel, In & Out (2001), which continued the adventures of DI Don Packham and DC Frank Mitchell. This is an advanced reading copy sent out to reviewers ahead of publication. It's the only one I've ever owned, and as far as I know the only surviving copy in the world! So it would suit a mildly obsessive collector of crime-fiction ephemera. Supplied signed or unsigned, according to your preference.

Invisible pledge level?

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Don’t see a reward listed here that quite fits the bill? Then why not devise your own, and suggest it to me via the Q&A button. You never know...

Humour is a personal thing

I will write a piece, in the style of and to the same length (about 400-500 words) as the long-running humour column I used to write for Organic Gardening magazine, just for you. It'll be absolutely exclusive and unpublished, I'll email it to you (or print it out and post it, whichever you prefer), and it'll be your property to do with as you will. If you want it as a present for someone, I'll be happy to include such things as family in-jokes, or recognisable locations or characters.
Plus everything in the Collectable level