The library at Knightshayes Court is not a particularly bookish room. It is filled with books but it looks as though they have been bought by the yard to fill the shelves. I might be doing the great industrialist Sir John Heathcoat-Amory, 1st Baronet, an injustice but I suspect that this room was used for drinks before dinner and for enjoying the view over the park rather than academic study. Nevertheless I was touched to see a gardening book tucked in beside Dickens. Apparently Sir John Heathcoat-Amory, 3rd Baronet wrote to his wife Joyce during the war "If we get through this...we will make a garden...". I like to think of them using this book, looking beyond the neglect of the war years to the creation of a landscape of great beauty where they could find peace.