Song For Will

Official cover for Song For Will

‘A Song For Will’ – The Lost Gardeners of Heligan – set just before, during and after World War 1 is the latest book for children and young adults from Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey.

The book, a work of fiction based on fact, has been published in partnership with The Lost Gardens of Heligan and is a stunning, highly illustrated story about the gardeners and outdoor staff of the estate who enlisted following the outbreak of World War 1. The story, which has drawn on Heligan archive and military detail of the time, includes many Cornish landmarks and places of interest at Heligan and has been described as a “deeply moving tribute.”

A Song For Will – The Lost Gardeners of Heligan – is published by Strauss House Productions.

  • Author: Hilary Robinson
  • Illustrator: Martin Impey

  • £14.99 Standard


I cannot imagine this story being told any better [...] and will become a treasured possession in countless families over the coming years.

Sir Tim Smit, Discoverer of The Lost Gardens of Heligan,
Co-Founder of The Eden Project

A beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated book. It is the perfect vehicle to either awaken or further enrich a child's interest in the War.

Richard van Emden,
Historian of The Great War,
Author and Producer

There are no words to adequately describe the beauty of the story and the illustrations. Everything about it is just right. It perfectly combines story with reality in a way that left us without words. It may have been conceived as a children's book but I would say it has an ageless appeal.

Trounce Guy,
Surviving nephew of Corporal William Guy 'Will'