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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416527761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416527763
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan P. Chadwick on 29 Jan. 2009
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The follow up to his earlier tome on leaving Crouch End for Leominster area, this is a very engaging and amusing book. I don't think I have read such a consistently funny book which I can relate to for years.
Some of the tangents BV heads off in are a great complement to the book; several made my laugh out loud on the train (and we all know how embarrassing that is..the more you suppress it, the worse it gets).
Unusually for me I read over 100 pages in one (late) evening, such was its page-turnability. A book to enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Nov. 2007
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I read the first book, Tales of the Country and was really looking forward to the second. And it did not disappoint. Brian Viner is a funny guy. I like the way he writes. He has more anecdotes than I've had hot dinners and where most people would invite people like Elvis, Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa to a fantasy dinner party, I'd definitely be asking Mr Viner. The reason I am not giving his book 5 stars is not because he freely admits to being one of those people on the A49 who does not obey the 30mph limits. But because he committed to print the fact that he throws away dauphinoise potatoes. Skip quickly past that criminal lapse in judgment and it shouldn't affect your enjoyment of this otherwise brilliant book.
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2015
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"Applying a razor blade to one's scrotum is not a job anyone should do in a hurry." - from THE PHEASANTS' REVOLT, author Brian Viner on preparing for his vasectomy

"... my own proficiency in the fields around our house did not extend much beyond the ability to step over cowpats." - author Brian Viner, from THE PHEASANTS' REVOLT

"... there was a story in the press claiming that Britain's farmers were being forced to throw away as much as third of their fruit and veg, because supermarkets wanted it cosmetically perfect. My rocket would scarcely have got into the Tesco car park." - home-gardener Brian Viner, from THE PHEASANTS' REVOLT

Back in 2004, Brian Viner, wife Jane, and kids made the move from North London to Docklow, North Herefordshire and bought a country manor house in what Brian describes as the least populated rural spot in England. Viner describes the transition in his 2005 book, Tales of the Country.

Now, it's two years later and Brian, in THE PHEASANTS' REVOLT, has accumulated a sufficient number of stories about country living to produce another book.

The strengths of the author's writing style are his self-deprecating humor and the wide variety of topics he examines. Indeed, his approach to the subject matter is almost stream-of-consciousness wandering. Even within a chapter, ostensibly devoted to a particular theme or two, he takes off on tangents - and sometimes tangents off tangents. Ok, ok, he tends to natter-on. But I don't mean that unkindly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Risdon on 29 Sept. 2009
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I didn't find this book quite as amusing as Brian Viner's previous book. He tends to repeat things and sentences along the lines of 'we all laughed till our sides split over this one...' tend to be too controllingfor me (a bit like 'cue laughter' But if you haven't read the first book then you'll enjoy this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P Gregory on 19 Aug. 2007
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What a fantastic writer. Everyday incidents and experiences come alive through viner's writing. For anybody thinking of moving to the country, this gives an honest account, with all the triumphs and tribulations encountered by a very endearing family. Very humourous and thouroughly readable. Unfortunately I couldn't put it down...so had to read again!!
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The country here is Herefordshire, one of the more genuinely rural areas - commuting to London is not a possibility. There are lots of amusing anecdotes as the writer discovers how wise and smart the peasants are and how much he had to learn to survive. He can be rather coarse but no doubt that is inevitable amongst the lanes and byways of life closer to nature than in London's .streets.. He strives not to sound the civilised Southerner but occasionally his background shows. If it puts off other would be emigrants to rural England - many townees will count their blessings I'm sure- then I hope the book sells widely.
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