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Hannah: The Complete Story [Hardcover]

Hannah Hauxwell , Barry Cockcroft
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4 July 1991
A combined edition of "Seasons of My Life" and "Daughter of the Dales", telling the story of Hannah Hauxwell's life, from a remote Pennines' farm to life as a celebrity. She recalls her relations, friends and animals, along with the thriving community of Baldersdale in her youth.


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  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Random Century; Reprint edition edition (4 July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712651144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712651141
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thought Provoking Tale 10 April 2009
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A story of how easy it can be to become 'forgotten' and cut off from everyday life and services that we take for granted and in many cases - demand. Hannah's story is thought provoking in that my reaction was - what if the televison producer Barry Cockcroft had not come across her lonely farmhouse ...... how much longer could she have realisticly survived on her megre income, dressed in rags and living in a dilapidated farmhouse with no heating, lighting or running water? Hannah is a survivor in the very best tradition of the work hard, don't complain and count your blessings generation. Inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hannah 30 Jan 2012
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A book, loved and then lost, by my Wife
To be able to purchase such a good quality book, at a sensible price was super!
I am now being spoiled!
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Last Tuesday night my wife suggested watching "Too long a winter" - the first of 3 DVDs about the dales farmers and Hannah Hauxwell in particular. I had never heard of "Hannah" but so captivated was I that I stayed up half the night watching them all! Driving down to England on business the following day I could not stop thinking about this remarkable lady and ordered this book that very evening. As my trip brought me back up the A1 later in the week, I found my car straying off the A66 and up into "Hannah's Baldersdale" on a beautiful summer's evening. Walking the last mile or so I finally found myself at "Hannah's Meadow", now a nature reserve. Reading the book (I haven't quite finished it yet) it is striking that a vibrant community gradually abandoned the dale after the last war and by 1973 "Hannah" really was a castaway - "one of the last". But whilst her vivid descriptions of the people and the way of life are told with affection, they are not sentimentalised, lending the stories a a profound authenticity as well as charm. Today the high farms of "Baldersdale" (including Low Birk Hat) look to be mostly occupied again - perhaps better roads and communications, so perhaps some of that life has come back again - in a different way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly beguiling 20 July 2013
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In 1961 when women in this country were beginning to exercise their newly found liberties, one women tucked deep within a north country dale began a period of eleven years in which she lived in almost total isolation. She had no running water, electricity or telephone. This complete isolation was a result of the death of her one surviving close relative, her uncle. Hitherto they, and her late mother, had experienced a growing sense of aloneness as the community that they had all grown up in dwindled away as neighbouring farming families packed up and moved away.

This book, published in 1991 comprises an omnibus edition of two previously published books about the lady in question, a Miss Hannah Hauxwell: Seasons of My Life and Daughter of the Dales. Barry Cockcroft who `discovered' her in 1972 when he was a producer working for Yorkshire Television, has created the framework of each book but the `innards' of each are the words of Hannah herself. She tells of her life in Baldersdale, her family history, the traditional farming methods of a north country dale in the Victorian and pre-WW2 times, (although she continued them until she left her beloved farm, Low Birk Hatt, finally in 1988) and general country ways, amongst much else besides. We also learn of the eventual sale of her farm and her subsequent transition and beginnings of an adaptation to `normal' life in a nearby village. Too, we are given insight into her burgeoning life as a `celebrity', although this was not a tag that she ever accepted, regarding herself, rather, as a daleswoman.

All is eminently fascinating and utterly beguiling. The subsequent passage of time, since her coming to the attention of the public, has not abated the appeal of Hannah and her life that is generated upon reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful lady 17 Jun 2013
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What can you say about Hannah accept to say There are very few people who make a difference to your life when you haven't actually met them. But she moved me to tears. What an amazing women.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's my hero 8 July 2014
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Really enjoyed this book. She's my hero
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read - Hannah was a remarkable lady 19 April 2014
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Fab price and excellent delivery. Book you can really get stuck in to, I strongly recommend it, this lady has endured many set back and still comes out smiling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hannah: The Complete Story 10 Feb 2014
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Such a keen price for the story of a living legend. Hannah's life should be a lesson to us all.
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