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The September Garden

Romantic Wartime NovelAmid the terrors of war, one girl finds a place to hide her secrets


Set in London during the Blitz, in occupied France, and among the rolling Chiltern hills, this is the story of two cousins thrown together by the outbreak of war.

Nell and Sylvie grow up quickly during the early days of rationing, blackouts, and the arrival of planes in the sky. But even as war rages on around them, the competition and jealousy between the cousins battles on when they both fall in love with RAF pilot Alex.

He is spared having to choose between them as the war pulls them all apart and changes the course of their lives, with devastating consequences. While Sylvie keeps her own counsel on her traumatic childhood, for Nell, the only place she will ever find solace is inside the September Garden, her father’s walled sanctuary. It is here that she decides to hide her most dreadful secret…


September Garden PaperbackThe September Garden is out in paperback, audio and ebook.

Publisher: Allison and Busby (Paperback, 26 August 2013) ISBN 978-0-7490-1273-1

What they’re saying about The September Garden…

The September Garden is a vivid, compelling and emotional tale of love, duty, family and war that will enchant and enthrall fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Cazalet Chronicles,’ Julie Bonello, Single Titles

‘Catherine Law evokes the spirit and atmosphere of the time, which I remember very well,’  Maud Franklin

‘A beautifully written romance set against a well-researched backdrop of German occupation, collaboration, rationing and family rivalry,’ Karen Clarke, author of The Beachside Sweetshop

‘Ms Law has clearly done her research and I came away from the book feeling like I’d had a wonderfully moving history lesson. It’s such a visual story too – it would make a really original film! Highly recommended,’
C Duckworth


The September Garden is the Allison and Busby September Book Club Choice



  • Brick and flint houses, typical of the Chilterns where The September Garden is set...
  • Nell wandered inside the walled garden that had been named by her father for the end-of-summer flowers inside... credit: iStock
  • Barfleur, Normandy.
  • Newspaper announcing declaration of the Second World War, September 3, 1939
  • Paul Nash - Battle of Britain.
  • The stables at the back of the Orlande house... once home to demi-sang Ullis and demi-sang Tatillon - the 'ghost horses'. (I took this photo at the hotel I stayed at in Valognes, Normandy)
  • Sylvie's home in 'Montfleur'
  • Moss and mushrooms - Steve Axford
  • Southern England: Spitfires attacking Flying Bombs 1944, by Thomas Monnington. (Image: Persephone Post/Imperial War Museum.)
  • Charles Mahoney The Garden 1950
  • Chilterns by John Nash. Unused London Transport poster design.
  • The paperback cover... published 26 August 2013