I live in the West Country myself and this book is very evocative of the area. That coupled with the friendly and immediate writing style I was carried along as if I was there with Simon learning to speak "pig", chatting to chickens and reading stories to everyone. http://youtu.be/rtH7G3ahDmE Lucky animals to have Simon as their farmer!
Although there is indeed a lot of useful information in the Artists' and Writers' Yearbook I am surprised at how much is missing, at least from my point of view. I am a food writer and wish to pitch suitable magazines in the UK. Most of the magazines I am familiar with are not listed. I wonder why!