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The World is a Bundle of Hay Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2012
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Charming. Just the way it was then. Clear readable style and explains many things I had almost forgotten about traditional farm life, with some deeper thoughts. Quality paper and binding so a nice book to keep. --Reader
Really loved the vast levels of meaning in this book looking back in time and yet so current - very readable. --Reader
It is an interesting book to read. I really enjoy reading it. In chapter 5 Winter. It describes vividly how the author played with the hays in the fore-stall while he carried the hay from the rick for cows. It was really a childhood full of fun and happiness. I had similar experience too. I remember in summer when rice harvest, we children played 'hide and seek' in the middle of bundles of straw almost everyday. Although the climate was really hot and humid, we ran and hid here and there among the straws, sweated all over the body, shouting and laughing, only stopped when everyone got exhausted. The newly rice straws had a very fresh grass smell. For years I haven't had a chance to touch the newly straws again, though I still can feel the good smell of them. When we got little older, the game was no longer attractive as just what is mentioned in Dylan Thomas' poem Fern Hill. When I finished this chapter I found out the poem and read it over again and realised that I had much clearer picture of that poem than ever before. Thank you so much for writing this valuable and nice book for everybody to read. --Reader
About the Author
Roy Preece grew up in the secret countryside of the Somerset Moors at a time when children could roam freely and safely over fields, farms and workshops. At age eleven he could put in a ten-hour day driving a tractor at hay-making. The brilliant headmaster of his traditional country grammar school had worked on radar research throughout the war, but after school was quite happy to put on overalls and feed the pigs which he kept to supplement the pupils' diet in the years of austerity. The boys marked out the games pitches, put up the goal posts and even stoked the school boilers. Roy has since obtained degrees from three universities and spent most of his life as a lecturer, producing several books and a variety of articles, but he still maintains this deeply felt practical side to his life by inventing, building, making furniture, and maintaining and sailing an old sail boat.
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It is a well-written book for all those who love the English countryside.
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