on 3 November 2011
. . . . though this one is framed differently. It's hung on the peg of the history of Bottengoms Farmhouse where RB lives, but really it's pretty much the same as all the Church Times column books and the others he's published lately. Which is, of course, a strong recommendation.
But if you haven't read any of Blythe's recent books then I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised by his sense of history, sense of place, affinity with nature and the seasons, and intimate writing style. These are not dramatic books in any way, but reflective, philosophical looks at the small pleasures of rural existence. For me they're like relaxing in a warm bath with a glass of good red wine, and this volume is no different, apart from the well-chosen illustrations.
on 13 January 2012
Please keep your lovely, atmospheric and thoughtful pieces coming, Mr Blythe - I'm an addict! The perfect bedside book as he ruminates over his home, literature, nature, friends, the past etc
on 3 January 2012
I am a great fan of Ronald Blythe, not least because the area about which he writes is where my roots are too. This book is as charming, erudite and gentle as ever, but I do seem to have read rather too much of it before. And there does come a point at which interestingly discursive becomes rambling.