Country Publications

Country Publications
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Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (380 of 422)
In My Own Words:
Established in 1927, we are a leading magazine and book publisher in the countryside sector, based in a stunning watermill conversion at Broughton Hall near Skipton, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

Our small format magazines are widely respected for their insight into the history, traditions, landscape and people of the areas they cover. Our regional titles are the Dalesman, Cumbria and Down … Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,725 - Total Helpful Votes: 380 of 422
Counting Sheep: A Celebration of the Pastoral Heri&hellip by Philip Walling
This country's fortunes were once founded on sheep, and they are still part of the fabric of the countryside.

"Sheep are in our national blood," writes sheep farmer turned barrister Philip Walling. "They are part of the life of the land that still pulses beneath the surface of modern Britain."

He profiles the native breeds of sheep and learns about their past, talks to the shepherds and farmers, and confronts the modern realities of sheep farming.

A charming celebration of Britain's pastoral heritage.
Meadowland: the private life of an English field by John Lewis-Stempel
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"A meadow is not a natural habitat," farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel believes, "it is a relationship between nature, man and beast." In this intimate account of 'the private life of an English field', Lewis-Stempel records the passing seasons in an ancient meadow on his farm "in the far west of Herefordshire, where England runs out".

For him, this meadow is a magical place, "a vast square stage in which I am the last person on earth ... the sort of field where, as you step in, you breathe out". It is a place where he can muse on the cycle of birth, life and death in the natural world, in a poetic and plangent narrative. "This is how it… Read more
Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands by Andrew Fusek Peters
Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands by Andrew Fusek Peters
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A lyrical account of a year of wild swimming in the borderlands of Shropshire and Wales, by 'Britain's tallest poet' Andrew Fusek Peters. He is refreshingly candid about his battle with depression, and how his love of wild swimming and "the water that heals, restores, fills me with glow-worm gladness" helped him rediscover his thirst for life.

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