Award-winning travel writer, Kirsty Fergusson grew up in the west country, but did not venture across the Tamar until well into her fifth decade, when the opportunity arose in 2009 to move to a remote cottage in the far west of Cornwall, near Land's End. Having lived abroad for many years her knowledge of the region was astonishingly unclouded by TV images - or the kind of partisan adoration, nostalgia or prejudice that remembered childhood holidays seem to inspire. So with fresh eyes, an old bicycle and an even older pair of legs, she set out to explore and write about her adopted county with the same open-minded curiosity that had taken her plant-hunting in Mongolia and pottering around the Latin quarter of Paris. A keen promoter of the Slow Food movement, Kirsty has twice been appointed to judge in the Food and Farming section of the Royal Cornwall Show, while her published articles on both new and established gardens in the county have brought much acclaim. Having branched out into garden tours, Kirsty is currently based in southwest France, but returns to Cornwall in order to renew her research for this third edition.