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on 25 July 2001
This book is incredibly simple and powerful.
Michael Morpurgo has managed to distil so much of the pain and anguish that has been inflicted on farming communities throughout the UK by Fooot and Mouth Disease.
Although written through the eyes of a child, for other children, the simplicity and authenticity of the writing is quite breathtaking.
Many journalists and broadcasters have used millions of words and countless images to bring the ravages of FMD to our living rooms, but this work has the power of personal experience, etched on every line - experience that you have to live through in order to communicate in this way.
The reality of farming is here; not some bucolic never, never land, but a real working environment where animals are not pets, but where they are treated with the inate respect that makes the true stockman. Here is the hard work, the generations of effort, the "feel" for the land and the livestock - unsentimental surely, but realistic and caring in our relationships with our natural and living landscape.
Having seen my family live through all the worry, uncertainty and heartache expressed here, I can only commend this book to anyone who wants to understand just a little better why this plague has been, and continues to be such a heartrendingly cruel blow to rural Britain.
Well done Michael Morpurgo for conveying what so many of us have felt over the last months and been so lamentably unable to express to others.
Please read it!
Richard Ovenstone
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