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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (24 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715338196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715338193
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a personal but factual insight into what country life was like and how it has changed. --unknown author

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Brian P. Martin has written 25 books on the countryside including the best-selling Tales of the Old Gamekeepers. Ruth Binney holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and has been involved in countless publications during her career as an editor.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Country Publications on 7 Sept. 2011
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"I always wanted to be a farmer", recalls Ken Liverton, "there's nothin' to take its place." Ken left school aged fourteen, in 1929, to start work on the family farm in Hampshire, which was rented at ten shillings an acre. When aged seventy-seven, he recounted his life and times to Brian P Martin (former author of the 'Rusticus' column in The Countryman magazine). "I used to plough all day long", remembers Ken, "from eight till five just to get an acre done. But there was always something to look at, and no noise."

Brian Martin has interviewed Ken and eleven other English countrymen whose lives spanned the period from Edwardian England to the present day. Their first-hand accounts of their life and work, from farming and beekeeping to stick-making and chimney-sweeping, shed a new light on the countryside, and the huge changes it has undergone in living memory. But what shines through each account is that every narrator is, as Brian says, "a true character of the English countryside, that good yeoman stock whose line is apparently endless".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avocet on 13 May 2014
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A well-written, evocative account of fascinating country characters from yesteryear, from the farmer and beekeeper to the coppicer and thatcher. Beautifully produced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By polly on 19 Dec. 2013
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Bought as a gift, looks like a good read; up to Brian P Martin's usual standard, think it will be well received
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By Pauline on 26 Sept. 2014
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I love this book as it's so easy to read, it's what I call 'a dip into book' full of country folk lore and interesting facts.
Would make a lovely Christmas present.
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