Common Lives: An Uncommon tale of Friendship, Food and Two Very Different Gardens

Author(s): Janice Marriott & Virginia Pawsey

Writing | Food/Cooking/Crafts | Don McMillan

An uncommon tale of friendship, food and two very different gardens

Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey went to Gisborne Girls’ High together and met again after thirty years at a school reunion. They rekindled their friendship and began writing, discovering in the process a shared passion for gardening and cooking - despite having lived very different lives. In their first book, Common Ground, they wrote about their very different gardens and lives. In their eagerly received second book, Common Table, their wise and witty letters traced a seasonal journey through their kitchens. Now the best of both books is brought together in a wonderful gift edition, Common Lives. Their correspondence tells the stories of their lives, their gardens, their kitchens as well as their loves and their losses. Beautifully written, their letters are funny, poignant, clever and perceptive, as two wise women provide a delightful insight into a wonderful friendship. Accompanied by stunning photographs, this is a perfect gift to share. Very good hardback copy.

$25.00(NZD) RRP $45.00(NZD)

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‘A lovely read that might occasionally bring tears to eyes. A pleasure to read when feeling down. Or up. Or not sure which.’ - The Press


Janice Marriott is an award-winning author who has recently made the move north from Wellington to Auckland.

Virginia Pawsey has sold Double Tops but remains living in Hawarden, North Canterbury.

General Fields

  • : 9781775540113
  • : HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
  • : HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
  • : March 2013
  • : 230x196mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : December 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Colour
  • : Janice Marriott & Virginia Pawsey
  • : Hardback
  • : 635.092293
  • : 253