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It's Not All Roses

Memories of People, a Restaurant and a Garden

Jenny Ferguson



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Hardie Grant Books
02 June 2021
Jenny Ferguson's memoir, It's Not All Roses takes us on her journey from being born in the NSW countryside in the 1940s through to professional life as a teacher, asserting her independence as a feminist, wife and mother, travelling the world in search of inspiration in both restaurants and gardens.

Jenny faces chauvinism at many points in her life but firmly follows her own path and ignores the doubts and judgement of many. Her passion for cooking develops and with her customary determination, she launches her own restaurant in Sydney, as a self-taught chef. She achieves hard-won success, but after seven years, is disillusioned and weary and closes the restaurant. She moves to a large horse farm and starts an ambitious cottage garden, which eventually attracts thousands of admirers.

Her creativity and individuality shine through as she shares her varied life and reflects back on the people whose understanding and kindness helped her achieve her dreams.
By:   Jenny Ferguson
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781743797747
ISBN 10:   1743797745
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   02 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jenny Ferguson is best known for her popular and celebrated restaurant 'You and Me', in Sydney's CBD from 1978 to 1985. The purchase of Torryburn in 1988, a country property in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, inspired a new passion for Jenny - gardening. The large garden she established there attracted thousands of visitors throughout the 90s. Jenny has written three books, Cooking for You and Me, A Garden, a Pig and Me and A Year in My Garden, and has given speeches encouraging women to follow their dreams.

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