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Maynard: Secrets of a Bacon Curer Hardcover – 29 Jun 2007

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books (29 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873674937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873674932
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are many setbacks and it paints an honest and occasionally harsh picture of real life in the countryside - thieves, criminal gypsies, grasping contractors, fraudulent clines et al. But it also offers a heart-warming account of Davies s vocation: to keep alive the rich tradition of English bacon. A hidden gem. --The Oldie

A splendid little book written by one of Britain s last traditional bacon curers a man so good at what he did that people travelled from all over Britain to his remote farm to buy his extraordinary bacon. --Country Landowner & Rural Business Magazine

As unexpected treasures go, this one is right up there. --Shooting Gazette

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Maynard's manuscript sat on my desk for several weeks before I got round to the task of, as I thought, rejecting it. It looked like an ape's breakfast and I felt sure it would never make any money. But I was touched at the thought of a now-elderly bacon curing apprenctice and his life story, and felt that out of courtesy, I would read a couple of chapters in order to write a fair rejection letter. I took it home with me that night. By 3am I was still reading. Yes, it was a tale simply told, yes, it would take so much editing that the profit margin would be totally eroded. But by dawn I had finished a straight read-through and I was hooked. I loved Maynard, I loved his approach to life and I loved his approach to food. My next difficult task was persuading my long-suffering colleagues that we should throw time and effort toward his fringe project. We publish country books, but not like Maynards! But in the end, everyone was won round - and we have never looked!
back. Maynard is totally dyslexic - so much so that even writing his own name doesn't come easily, and he doesn't hide that fact. He had dictated the entire manuscript to his long-suffering wife Ann and as any editor will tell you, the spoken word is entirely different to the written word. But, although I have never had to cover a manuscript with so much red ink in all my career, I had no difficulty in keeping that strong, prevailing voice of Maynard coming through - his distinctive turn of phrase, his quirky sentences - I left them all in. In many instances, no one could put things better than Maynard. The honesty shines through: the triumphs and failures are seen and described by Maynard alone. I have learned a lot through him. And so, happily, have many other readers. We are a medium-sized company, but I think the majority of all the fan mail we get is for Maynard. It often runs along the lines: 'I hardly ever read books but I have just finished Maynard, the Adventures of a Bacon Curer and I loved it. I can't wait to hear what happens next. I am a great fan and can relate to all the things he has said....' The good news is that Maynard is currently writing the sequel to his life story in bacon - and it looks as promising as the first book - which I am happy to say is now in its THIRD printing. I knew I thought it was special, but it is so gratifying to find that other people agree too. Karen McCall, Merlin Unwin Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
A warm, heartening tale that reassures us that there are still good people out there. Maynard's story is not one of rags to riches, rather that a sensible, honest and ultimately optimistic outlook will prevail, and bring home the bacon.
The story of one man's efforts to make his way in the world, overcoming his chronic dyslexia on the way had me riveted from the start. If you like country tales buy this book. Do not expect perfect prose, but there is emotion aplenty, a few good, literally industrial scale piggy recipes, and a lot of humour - I even had a lump in my throat at the end and was left wanting more. Another excellent book from the Merlin Unwin publishing stable.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lambethboy on 31 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a great fan of Maynard and love his stories but I was quite disappointed by this book. I was really hoping to read more about bacon curing, instead all I got more stories and anecdotes. Although charming and engaging, if you want to learn more about bacon curing you would be better off waiting for his next book which I gather will be a detailed guide to the art bacon curing.
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By Jobeangood on 24 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Seller dispatched quickly, the book in very good condition and reasonably priced. This is a really readable book - autobiographical about Maynard's experience as a bacon curer. The only 'downside' is that he doesn't give specific measurements for ingredients when home curing. I suppose he was so familiar with it and had an accurate eye due to experience. Worth reading for the story alone.
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By S. W. Prime on 23 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I had the good fortune to work with Maynard in the 70's - a true british excentric of the nicest type. Little did I know that the stories he told us were true and would end up in a book. A lovely man with an endearing story (no a mention of me though!)
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By Phil on 29 April 2015
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Enjoyable anecdotes.
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