The semi-fictionalised account of a young man's dream of farming in post WWI England (East Anglia). The writer, a city boy with pretensions to the artistic life of an aesthete, instead becomes apprenticed to a yeoman farming family in Suffolk. The book follows his coming to terms with a new lifestyle and a radically different culture, the farming environment and the seasonal way of rural life, often with touching and comical results. By the end of the novel the reader is caught up into his hopes for the future, the purchase of his own small farm and his love for the rhythm of the natural world, the farm and the community. A fascinating account of a now-lost world; the change of farming methods and the changing post-war world is captured before their demise. Followed by The Cherry Tree and Silver Lea.
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