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A personal account of farming in postwar Britain,
This review is from: The Unsought Farm (Hardcover)
The author, Monica Edwards, was an accomplished author of children's books from the late 1940's until the 1970's. She has a small but strong following even today, with many of her books now being republished posthumously.
Set in about 1950-53, this is her personal and real life account of buying and restoring Pitlands Farm, the tudor farmhouse which became the setting for the Punchbowl Farm book series, much loved by children around the world for many years to come. With vision and sensitivity unusual for the period, the author and her husband lovingly uncovered long hidden features of the ancient farmhouse and restored it to its former glory but also into a modern, comfortable, family home. They transformed a run down, dirt floored near-ruin decades before the modern trend for barn conversions took off. At the same time they taught themselves to be successful commercial dairy farmers in what was considered even then to be marginal land.
It is a glimpse into a now bygone era when life really was simpler. The author treats the obvious hardship of the time with warmth and humour, and the book is as skilfully written as her fiction.