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Life on a Derbyshire farm enchantingly remembered.
on 2 November 2000
The domestic routine,seasonal farming activities ,character observations and personal fantasies recorded in this wonderful book by the country child of the title, Susan Garland, provide a deeply satisfying account of farming life at the close of the 19th Century as witnessed by a solitary little girl. This is a heart-warming story,exquisitely detailed, funny and moving in turn. Alison Uttley's autobiographical evocation of the hill farm of her childhood will stay in the memory of both children and adults who are interested in rural life, social history or simply a story well told. I was 18 when I first encountered this book. I adored it and have re-read it numerous times, seeing more to enjoy in the text every time. The simple illustrations are perfectly suited to the content and add to the charm of this delightful book. I recommend it to anyone as an antidote to the materialism and mass-production of modern life.