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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books (9 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058859
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 20.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historian Ruth Goodman is an expert in nineteenth-century social and domestic history and has appeared in a number of television series, most recently Victorian Pharmacy. Alex Langlands is an archeologist and historian and has had a fascination with the British landscape since early childhood. Peter Ginn is also an archeologist and has been involved in a great deal of experimental archeology; Edwardian Farm represents the third time his has dropped everything to become a farmer for a year - the first being with Alex and Ruth in Tales from a Green Valley, then Victorian Farm and now this exciting adventure.

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2010
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The 'Victorian Farm' series with its re-creation of a Victorian working farm was a must-see TV programme for me, and indeed, was one of BBC 2's biggest hits.
As I write this, the 'Edwardian Farm' series has just started and I couldn't resist temptation, I had to buy the book.
It's wonderful - packed full of detail about Edwardian rural life, not just on the farm, but further afield.

Peter, Ruth and Alex are first-class historians, first and foremost, and this book, written by all three of them refers to many of the contemporary resources that they used to ensure that the Edwardian farm was as accurate as possible.
As with the Victorian Farm, their experiences are completely hands-on, using expert knowledge and specialist advisors. They walked the walk, as well as talking the talk - scraping a hide at a tannery, going out on a fishing trawler without the benefit of modern fish-finders.

Setting the Edwardian Farm near the Devon-Cornwall coast was a stroke of genius, as it enables a much wider picture of rural life than was possible in the Victorian Farm's landlocked Shropshire - and gave the hard-working team a day out at the seaside.

The emphasis on the Edwardian farmer's need to diversify, whilst still making a profit is far more of a focus in this book than on the Victorian farm. It's a wonder our heroes didn't feel swamped by all their projects - a trout hatchery, a market garden, rearing farm stock, making their own quicklime.

There are recipes of the period, provided by Ruth and the stories behind some of them - the heroism commemorated by Stargazy Pie for example. This is the story of Tom Bawcock of Mousehole, who saved the community from starvation by putting to sea in dreadful weather and bringing home a record catch.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By collingwood on 31 Dec. 2010
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The 'Edwardian Farm' TV programme is quite remarkable in every respect. This book is the equal of the programme & a beautifully produced souvenir of all aspects of the people, places & situations as featured on TV. The printing, binding, choice of type, photographs etc. are all quite superb. It is an object to be treasured - as I do mine !

Would make a great present for anyone with a love for the countryside & its history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexia on 26 Oct. 2011
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An excellent book following the TV series. I did not find this as interesting as Victorian Farm and Series but it is still worth watching the series and reading the book. I think the Victorian book was better because it covered the basics of home and farm life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By moonraker on 7 Feb. 2011
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I really loved the TV series of this, and felt I just had to buy the book. The TV series followed a year spent on the farm at Morwhellam, in Devon, by the three presenters, Alex, Ruth, and Peter, and they have also written about all this for the book, including some of their diary extracts. I was a little disappointed to find that instead of a month by month account, as per the series, the book was in sections - eg domestic life, sport & leisure, the farm, etc., which made it rather bitty in some respects. But a lot of information about the period was included which did not appear on TV, which was a bonus. The photos were wonderful, but I have to say the proof reading was abysmal!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve R on 17 Jan. 2011
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Its hard to find a bad thing to say about this series. Its a set of academics (historians and archaeologists I think) who go and run a farm, as if it were the Edwardian times. The great thing about this show is that it feels as much a soap opera as it does a documentary. As you progress through the series, you want each of their projects to succeed, not knowing what the seasons will bring. You'll also learn a nit about the Edwardian era. In my opinion, what makes this so different, and a DVD that you'd want to buy, is that the presenters clearly enjoy their work, and that comes across to the viewer, so you enjoy it, and you share that enjoyment through watching.
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The TV series of the same title is something one can watch again and again and the same comment applies to the book. You can pick it up any time and read, re-read, and escape the present day and go back to a time when life might have been very hard but everyone pulled together.

Everyone feels nostalgic about times gone by but Alex, Ruth and Peter are not just looking back in history, they are living the life of the era. In their book, as with the TV series, their enthusiasm and dedication really comes through and it is infectious!

Good quality, easy to read text, well written, excellent photographs, and also some useful tips which we can use today.

So, we've had Tales of the Green Valley, The Victorian Farm, and the Edwardian Farm. What next?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan on 6 Mar. 2011
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This book did not need much information as it followed the TV programme.
All anyone requires is a brief description of the contents.
Amazon is good to deal with, quick, easy and straightforward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sparrow on 4 Feb. 2011
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A byegone age brought vividly to life exposing the raw truth of how we used to live .Any one intersted in histry will find this series amust to watch ,its like stepping back intime.
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