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A Horse in the Country: Diary of a Year in the Heart of England Hardcover – 1 Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841153753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841153759
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,313,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A charming portrait of the editor of Country Life. Aslet is a sophisticated writer with an ecological conscience.' -- Roger Scruton, The Times

'A tribute to both his personal and literary charm ... Townies should read this to find out what it is like to smell the roses, thorns and all'. -- The Times

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Naseby is the site of the great battle that is supposed to have ended the English Civil War. It’s also typical of a certain type of particularly English countryside: rolling green fields, farmland good and bad, copses of ancient woodland and an ugly dual carriageway. Naseby is also the site of a modern civil war, between country folk born and bred and steeped in the ways of country living, and newly demobbed urbanites in search of, well, of what exactly?

Clive Aslet went determined to find out and recorded the results of his year in the country: a delightful blend of local anecdote, historic discovery, character and incident, set against England’s unfolding drama of the countryside: what it is, who is to enjoy it, what it can and should tolerate. One man and his horse in a charming and acutely observed comedy of rural manners: these are Clive Aslet’s rural rides among England’s truculent, turbulent countryfolk.

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