A refreshing and informative book, a social document of permanent value, as well as a good read. -- Times Literary Supplement
A trenchant, idiosyncratic and absorbing commentary
he has a Hardyesque relish for tales of lean times, and tells them superbly. -- Philip Oakes, Sunday Times
By the time you have finished, you will know this wonderful 82-year-old as if you had lived alongside him. -- Jack Hargreaves, The Field
Extraordinary is the proper word for it. -- Country Life
From the Inside Flap
Evan Rogers worked as a gamekeeper on the same Herefordshire estate for 68 years. His story takes us back to an idyll of rural England, when the land was tended by many, the villages were full of industry, the Big House full of guests and the kitchens proudly filled with local produce. If Rogers summons up a lost Arcadia of self-sufficiency, bird-song and wild flowers he is also too honest not to recall the appalling poverty and ignorance, and his own brutal father. He also lets slip many a stinging aside about the semi-feudal establishment of which he was such a loyal servant.
Whether he is rescuing flamingos from ice, helping a young woman to give birth in the fields while gathering stones for a shilling a ton or simply doing his morning rounds, his company is enchanting.