Welcome to the world of gnomes, a community of little people who have lived in our gardens for more than 150 years. They first appeared in Germany, from the roots of German folklore and migrated throughout Europe, to England and then to America and Down Under. During their travels, these gnomes have garnered much affection, becoming prized and decorated objects, and this book celebrates them in all their guises, from the friendly garden gnome to the post-card sending traveller to Fred the Afghanistan desert gnome, not forgetting the rude ones. Gnomes are ‘so out there’, they’re ‘in’ again. Gnomes are featured in ‘Amelie’, ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Coronation Street’ and will star in ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’, an animated film featuring Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslet, with songs by Elton John (Autumn 2008).