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Byron Rogers
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24 April 2004
Byron Rogers' second book chronicles the life and times of the small Northamptonshire village and its environs where he has lived for 20 years - a place almost exactly in the middle of England. Rogers ranges from the odd ways and practices of his present-day neighbours all the way back to the Roman times. Here, then, is the Methodist chapel that became a car showroom, the village's charabanc outing to the seaside, the strange story of the ancient church in the fields, the summer fete at which the author bought his neighbour's shirts, his elevation to heady civic responsibility as Warden of the Paths, and the pathos of the village's oldest resident finally having to move out of her ancestral home.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (24 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854109855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854109859
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""These columns offer a wry, intelligent status report of rural English life. Rogers first describes how in 1980 he and his family bought a small cottage in the Northamptonshire village of Blakesley, moving to the country for reasons both sentimental and practical, as do many others. These newcomers, he notes, have dramatically changed village life: most of the men leave home before 9 a.m. to commute to city jobs, and townsfolk no longer bound to the land have little in common and don't know one another...Going against the current nostalgia for all things rural, Rogers demonstrates that life in the country has always been hard...Along his way, he meets with local aristocrats, talks to farmers overwhelmed with bureaucracy, and to the village's oldest inhabitant, who has seen the horse replaced by the car, a Methodist chapel turned into a showroom, and the railway station fall out of use. A thoughtful and deliciously entertaining collection."

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Byron Rogers is the author of An Audience with an Elephant and Other Encounters on the Eccentric Side and is writing The Last Englishman: the Life of J.L. Carr, both for Aurum Press. He lives in Northamptonshire and Carmarthen, Wales, and writes regularly for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and Saga Magazine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming 9 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
I feel that I should call the author Mr Rogers, as he comes across as such a gent it would seem wrong to address him otherwise. This book is a charming look at the nature of the village, with the real beauty coming in Mr Rogers' taste for detail, the tiny things and observation. I had read one of his previous books and having read this one makes me want to seek out all of the rest. Harks back to a style somewhat lost in newspaper and literary writing, as does all of his writing. Concise, correct and utterly enthralling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Byron Rogers does it again, in this very incisve and yet laidback view garnered over 25 years of life in this Northamptonshire village. The patchwork of short articles written at different times in his time in the village, makes for a nice leisurely look at life there and the changing face of society, even when rural.
Like his recent Biography 'ME'... I read it cover to cover,right off on receiving the book. The chapter headings are a delight.
Highly recommended to nostalgia buffs and all others, anyway.
Ron French, Wooler.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good book 11 Jun 2013
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I enjoyed this book found lots of interest in it. Would recommed it to those who are interested in social history
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