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. . . . 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.
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on 12 November 2011
Refreshing and poetic,going into a depth of relevant historic detail and knowledge that invites revisiting the house time and time again.I feel myself making my way down the ancient track to Bottomgoms (The Yeomans House ) and sensing its place through the ages.
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on 30 May 2013
I have read and enjoyed Ronald Blythe's books and this one is no exception. His writing is almost like painting you can visualise his descriptions. I have most of his books on my shelf and he is one of the few authors whose books I can keep re-reading and always find fresh and interesting.
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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
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on 20 February 2013
My love of Suffolk can only be enhanced by this contribution to the literature about the county which has had its' share of authors and poets.
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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.
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on 20 December 2012
The book is a delightful combination of poetry and prose which evokes the nature and spirit of Suffolk through the history of the farm and the times which it has seen, both good and bad.
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on 29 August 2014
A entrancing account of the restoration of an ancient farmhouse and the two acres around it. Another book by that master of the East Anglian countryside, Ronald Blythe.
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on 7 June 2014
This is the most charming book, written with intimate knowledge and love of the ancient house in question. It will remain as a treasure in my personal collection of books.
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on 13 November 2014
a winner
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