Secrets of The Italian Gardener by Andrew Crofts


I won this book on a giveaway run by RedDoor Publishing, it was on offer as the pages themselves had been inserted upside down in the hardback cover.  This intrigued me so I entered hoping to gain a unique book to add to my library.  I had read the blurb and it sounded interesting, but there is so much more to this book than i could have imagined.


A ghostwriter is employed by Mo, a Middle Eastern dictator, to write his autobiography.  The leader’s time is in demand from his family, advisors and ministers, so time with Mo is very short, sporadic and often interrupted.  While waiting for appointments to meet with Mo, he spends time in the beautiful, peaceful and tranquil gardens of the palace.  He meets the philosophical Lou, he is the gardener.  He is from a well-known Italian aristocratic family, he is a longtime friend of Mo and not entirely what you would expect.  There is more to Lou than first meets the eye.  He tells the writer anecdotes and stories from their lives together.

The writer has his own troubles and heartbreak to deal with, they are wonderfully interwoven through the story as thoughts and day dreams and memories.  The whole story comes together and joins up, to lead you through a tale that is unexpected.  There are hardships, heartbreak, tragedy and turmoil.

This is a readers book.

It starts to simply, but as you read further you experience things from a different perspective than normal. You go through the same realisation as the writer as things start to make sense.  There are some sensitive subjects in this book that have been very well dealt with.


Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world, enshrining him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo’s besieged palace the ghost forms a friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn’t all it appears to be. The ghost discovers the shocking truth of who really holds the power and wealth in the world.
As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives, the ghost is also struggling to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear.
“Secrets of the Italian Gardener” takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable.


Hardcover, 145 pages
Published 2015
ISBN13 9781910453087
Edition Language English