One Monday in November
is a well-written and detailed chronicle of the riots in 1830 instigated by farmers, the main aim of the riots being to reduce tithes so that a living wage might be paid to the labourers. What chance is there today of the farmworkers' union getting together with the NFU to put their joint representations to government? -- Anthony Rosen - Farming News, October 1993
A Darker Side to Selborne
We need more studies like John Owen Smith's - adding details to the national picture and suggesting as many questions as it solves. Why was the mob keener to destroy workhouses than threshing machines? What was the role of the farmers who were often present and clearly had a vested interest in the tithe reduction? Several dozen more such studies would produce a welcome new national picture. -- Joe Fyles - Country Side, April/May 1993
Jo Smith's book is a real contribution to our history. It tells the story of a few tragic days in East Hampshire in 1830, when hungry men, bewildered by falling wages and rising prices, blundered into mob action. They wrecked two buildings, in a period when property was sacred - and retribution was savage - but strangely selective.
I am particularly happy to have the chance to introduce the book to the public. A few years ago I researched and wrote a brief account of the riots, so I am probably one of the few people who can appreciate fully how hard Mr Smith must have worked, how thorough and widespread his investigations have been, unearthing ten times more information than I found. He gives us the economic and social background and then recounts the facts, with clarity, humour and impartiality. His sympathies are clear, but he has not made all his rich men villains or all his poor men saints; he has told it "as it happened". Selborne, Headley and Liphook are much in his debt. -- L.C.Giles - Vice-Chairman, Bramshott and Liphook Preservation Society, 1993
The dramatic events of these two days are ably recounted as the author pieces together all the known facts from sometimes contradictory reports and from the legends which have grown up around the names and deeds of those involved in the action. -- SZ - Local History Magazine, No.41, November/December 1993
From the Publisher
What we believe we may have done for the first time is to pull together the known information on two truly dramatic November days in 1830 and their aftermath in a particular way, by following our band of local men as they marched along the lanes and tracks through part of East Hampshire to do what they could to relieve their poverty. We hope you find it as fascinating to read as we did to produce.