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Wiltshire Village [Paperback]

Heather Tanner , Robin Tanner
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Impact Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 Mar 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024554416X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0245544163
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published in 1939, this book is unique, village crafts, village customs and village characters are all recorded here in prose of great beauty, you will read of the thatcher, and his twisted hazel 'spicks',of the way hayricks are thatched and decorated, of the gaps in the walls 'squeeze belly' so made so that a man can get through etc

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of "Kington Borel" 1 Mar 2011
By Peasant TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a portrait of a village, "or rather, an epitome of some of the villages of North West Wiltshire", and the authors ask us to regard it as fiction rather than as local history. It is their attempt to distil the essence of the local villages and present it to us as a coherent tale, rather than an academic study. It was first published in 1939 and is one of a number of similar books which record a rural world the authors realise is about to vanish. It is a mixture of crafts, social history and natural history, the tales alive with the charcters of the Tanner's fictional but representative cast list.

As such it is well-written, with a wistfulness but without irritating whimsy. One of the main reasons for buying the book, for me, was the series of pen-and-ink drawings, and the six etchings, by Robin Tanner. Influenced by F.L.Griggs (see the excellent new F. L. Griggs: The Architecture of Dreams), his work has a delicacy and atmosphere that suit the text very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treat! 18 Feb 2013
By moley58
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
Wonderful book, I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in local history and in chronicles of village life. Great illustrations too.
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