A Bunch of Sweet Peas
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.
Date: July 2011
Duration: 0 hours 40 minutes
This charming short story is made available as an audio digital download, read by Dame Judi Dench, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sweet Pea competition the story is based on
In 1911, in the Scottish Border village of Sprouston, the young parish minister wrote to the Daily Mail for entry forms for its sweet pea competition.The top prize was a staggering Ã'Â£1000 and organisers predicted that as many as 15,000 would enter.
He could not foretell that the paper's estimate of the number of competitors would be more than doubled, or that a fortnight before the deadline a nation-wide drought would threaten the very existence of the sweet peas he was so painstakingly cultivating.
This touching tale is based on a true story.