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12 May 2011

There are few people better acquainted with the West Country than Johnny Kingdom. His knowledge of local wildlife is second to none, but he's also a fount of knowledge when it comes to all the old stories that get passed down from generation to generation. West Country Tales is a charming collection of these local myths and legends, interwoven with many more anecdotes from Johnny himself and his forbears and friends.

The atmospheric West Country landscape lends itself perfectly to dramatic tales of eerie hauntings and ghostly happenings, daring smugglers and dashing highwaymen, and many have heard of - or might even have seen - the modern-day legend that is the Beast of Exmoor. But what about the Flying Fish of Exmoor, a slippery catch of Johnny's that sailed up and over a bridge into the back seat of a passing open-top car, never to be seen again?

Gently humorous and wonderfully evocative, it's only a matter of time before some of Johnny's own tales weave their way into West Country lore.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593066529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593066522
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Johnny Kingdom has rustic England coursing through his veins. He is the spirit of Exmoor in all its bluff, breezy essentials" (Daily Telegraph)

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

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

"A delightful collection of reminiscences . . . in Johnny's inimitable bucolic style" (The Good Book Guide)

Book Description

A charming collection of local legends and tales from West Country treasure Johnny Kingdom.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Kingdoms, West Country Tales 13 Jun 2011
By sawway
I am 80 yrs old, this is my life except my area is The New Forest and Cranbourne Chase. Johnny Kingdom is a master, I enjoy all of his work. We did not know how lucky we were in the era we grew up in. We had very little, but what we had was pure gold, time and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny the tale teller 2 Mar 2013
By Jaxom
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I added this Kingdom book to library as Johnny's other books are so difficult to put down. (His video's are among my most played). This book works well on short bus trips and as a 10 min. read before lights-out. Well done again Johnny Kingdom for weaving wonderful words into your West country sagas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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What a lovely book, and told by such an interesting man, could listen to him for hours!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Jun 2014
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Although this was bought as a gift, started browsing and kept it for myself!! Lovely read, Johnnys personality shines through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book for Exmoor lovers 8 May 2014
By Brian C
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Good tales about the Exmoor and the surrounding areas. Johnny Kingdom's down to earth pleasant manner shines through, recommended light hearted read!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Let down by the publisher 1 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The stories are good enough, but the publisher has let Johnny down by failing to edit properly. For example, on one page Barnstaple is mis-spelt with a "b" instead of a "p", then spelt correctly just a few lines below. Elsewhere, Johnny speaks of the death of a certain woman, and of his responsibility for digging her grave, but then immediately goes on to refer to the deceased repeatedly as "he".
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