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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (8 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552154822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552154826
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kingdom's enthusiasm and eccentricity pull you along" (Guardian)

"Johnny Kingdom... might yet become a hero of our times" (Sunday Telegraph)

"An unlikely new star of the small screen... Johnny Kingdom has rustic England coarsing through his veins. He is the spirit of Exmoor in all its bluff, breezy essentials" (Daily Telegraph)

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One man's extraordinary life on Exmoor. Accompanies a major BBC documentary series.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By pale rider on 16 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have become a huge fan of the eccentric and appealing Johnny Kingdom who appears on BBC2 on Friday nights so bought his book. It is brilliantly entertaining - he writes so graphically and the book is full of the most fantastic stories. It really does make you laugh and make you cry and it is a perfect Christmas present for anyone who enjoys a really great autobiography or loves the countryside.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Tyacke on 27 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This will surely become one of the classic country life biographies.

Johnny Kingdom has a sparse, simple and elegant writing style that brings his life straight to the mind of the reader. Don't be misled by the simple use of language. Here you will find no literary extravagances or wordy flourishes but, rather, a fascinating story fascinatingly told. Johnny Kingdom takes the reader into his world, from his harum scarum childhood and "school failure" days, through his early manhood and poaching activities to maturity as a country-wise and country-loving film maker.

Mr Kingdom paints a vivid series of pictures in this delightful narrative and gives a feeling of immediacy and reader involvement that puts to shame many of our more "literary" writes as we share in his joys, pains, escapades, tragedies and, above all, his delight in his moorland heaven.

I am of his generation, I remember school days so similar to those described and I lived on and near, and know and love, Exmoor. I now live in Germany and his programmes and his book are vivid reminders of what I miss. My German wife, who has only spent a couple of days on Exmoor, was entranced by the programmes and is now rivetted by the book, constantly calling me to hear the latest stage of her surrogate journeys through Exmoor and to ask me about people, events and places described.

She keeps saying she wants to move back to Britain and to live in North Devon.

Thank you Johnny Kingdom!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kew on 14 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Have just finished reading this. The book is just as charming and eccentric as it's author. Johnny Kingdom's personality and humour shine through. This was a very enjoyable read, though the description of his haemerrhoid treatment may make your eyes water! Very funny, touching and interesting read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. Nicol on 10 Mar. 2008
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Just loved this. Mr Kingdom writes a hugely interesting and engaging account of his life and adventures. For any fan of the TV series then this is a must. An insight into an honest, hard-working and devoted man.Lots of anecdotes and stories of his varied past. Very touching. A modern day, working class philospher.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Farm Girl on 20 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Have been captivated by the TV series, and fascinated by his life story.

A really interesting read. You can't help becoming caught up in his life.

A really wonderful idea as a Christmas present for anyone with a love of the countryside.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave the rave on 17 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for anyone with an interest in the beasts around us. Badgers, deer, hawks, stoats - all in here and loads of pretty mental stories from the amazing JOhnny. THe photos are amazing too. Lovely stuff. Buy it for everyone for Xmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gary R. Smith on 13 Feb. 2011
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Johnny Kingdom! The book is fantastic, also the DVDs. His enthusiasm is infectious, He's got to be one of the nicest blokes in the planet. The book covers his life, and is a very interesting read. There are only 2 people I watch on TV wildlife docs, and that is Johnny Kingdom, and the late Steve Irwin. I don't like to see animals getting eaten and stuff ( I know its nature etc..) so I steer clear of most shows. Great stuff, and please can we have more JOHNNY KINGDOM ON TV!!!!
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I'm very glad I bought this book having seen Johnny's work just a little bit on the television and enjoying it I decided to buy the book. Absolutely brilliant and hilarious even if you're not particularily interested in wildlife the stories in it are extremely funny. For the most part that's what this book is a collection of short stories that have happened throughout his life. He's had an amazing and eventful life!I read this book much quicker than I usually read books as I enjoyed it so much, it's full of the types of stories that circulate around a family and are told over and over. I would reccommend this book to everyone.
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