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Tales of the Country [Paperback]

Brian Viner
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4 April 2005
Brian Viner and his family had enjoyed much about their nice little middle-class patch of north London, but gradually realised they were suffering from a severe case of 'metropause' - the desire to swap the hassles of London life for the serenity of the countryside. After a long search they found the house of their dreams in rural Herefordshire. But is the quiet life all it's cracked up to be? More importantly, where does one go to get a decent cappuccino? 'A Year in Provence' with less sunshine but more laughs, "Tales Of The Country" is a wonderfully entertaining and heart-warming account of the Viners' adjustment from town to country. Full of anecdote and character, it is a superbly beguiling book about what is really important in life, and the joys and trials encountered along the road towards it.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743495721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743495721
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Viner was born in 1961 and grew up in Southport, Lancashire. He was the Mail on Sunday's award-winning television critic between 1995 and 1999, since when he has been a columnist on the Independent. He lives with his family in Herefordshire.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 7 Oct 2007
Last month, I spent two weeks in the south of France with my partner. I'm not really much of a reader and often spend a lot of my time on my computer, wasting my evenings away, or out socialising with friends. I would often buy books but I never get round to reading them. However my partner is very keen on reading so I thought these two weeks would be the perfect opportunity to read a book I bought two years earlier in Leicester train station, Tales of the Country.

As soon as I started reading this book I could not put it down. I was in stitches with Viner's witty jokes and hilarious tales and antics. I often relayed many of the book's jokes back to my partner who struggled to finish her book due to my constant interruptions.

If you like a book to make you laugh then this is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the Country 26 April 2011
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This was one of the most hilarious books I have ever read. Knowing the Herefordshire area it made the stories all the more interesting and I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the Country 1 July 2010
I haven't stopped laughing !!! From the beginning to the end it is just so funny having lived in the country all my life to see it from the other side made very good reading - I just couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viner's onto a winner 14 Aug 2005
This book will probably get lumped into the Peter Mayle genre but that is unfair. This is a delightfully funny book by a very funny writer that made me laugh out loud several times (which I don't do very often). Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gazing upon Lord Hereford's Knob 30 Jan 2014
"Nobody had warned us that the countryside was full of flies, not to mention moths built like prop forwards, with big, leering faces." - from TALES OF THE COUNTRY

"Will called around with a(n) ... American wildlife photographer of considerable renown ... (who) was visiting him because he wanted Will to take him to Tupsley Quarry in Hereford, where Will knew a pond in which hundreds of frogs were frantically mating. They asked if (my son) Joseph and I wanted to go with them, which we did, of course. It was a weekday and I had work to do, but the opportunity to watch 900 bonking frogs doesn't come around all that often." - from TALES OF THE COUNTRY

TALES OF THE COUNTRY by Brian Viner follows that venerable tradition of intrepidly moving to an unfamiliar clime and then telling the rest of us stick-in-the-muds all about it. Some such accounts are better than others; in the former group, I've previously discovered: A Year in Provence, Extra Virgin: Amongst the Olive Groves of Liguria, and Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (The Lemons Trilogy). I've never come across one about relocating to New Jersey.

As the book begins, Viner and his wife Jane are living in North London and contemplating a move to rural environs. After a false start or two, they manage to sell their city residence and relocate themselves and the kids to the hamlet of Docklow in Herefordshire to occupy a venerable old manor house within sight of Lord Hereford's Knob, a local hill.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Charity shop special 9 Sep 2014
By kimster
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Rattling on and on about how difficult the change was from city to country. Yeah, if he'd moved to Nairobi from London I could find that interesting but waffling on about mice in the house, ants in pants.- mate, you're in England. No funny 'moments' to laugh out loud to. Charity shop had my copy after reading it.

If Heat magazine give a good review, never read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing... 19 Dec 2013
By polly
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Bought as a gift, I look forward to sharing this book. I know it will be well received, Brian Viner always does a good job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leaving the City but not losing touch. 24 July 2013
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There is plenty of amusement in this book about a well heeled city man and family moving into the country and naturally finding the peasants to be as sharp as the city dwellers. I would hate his lifestyle, party going and having guests all the time so not all the story appeals to me but I am sure the younger element will be delighted.
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