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the funniest book about the countryside since Cold Comfort Farm,
This review is from: Reasons Not to Move to the Country (Hardcover)Like Judy Rumbold, I am struggling with my husband's mid-life crisis, which has taken the form of wanting a house in the country. A friend gave me this book, and I spent the whole of Christmas reading extracts out aloud to him, while the newly-acquired wreck did everything she described. Quaint beams on which to brain yourself? Check. Malfunctioning Aga that collapses on Xmas day? Check. Children who do not want to go out on bracing walks round garden the size of a small European principality, but who spend the whole time watching TV or asking when they can return to London? Check.
Actually, while this is the funniest book about the delusions city folk have about country life, I think Rumbold wasn't exactly lucky in her choice of location. So far the natives are incredibly friendly (that's the West Country, rather than beastly East Anglia for you) and while not sharing her craving for boutiques in the middle of corn fields, there are even a surprising number of interesting small shops. Just read it before you think of living there permanently, and forget about raising chickens.
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2011 23:16:22 BDT
AE Richardson says:
Hang on! Beastly East Anglia? We get loads more sunshine than the West Country and don't burn out clutches negotiating hair pin bends on narrow hill roads. We can also appreciate views because hedges are not planted on top of walls. I enjoyed reading Judy Rumbold who obviously writes with tongue firmly in cheek.
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