21st-Century Yokel (Paperback)
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21st-Century Yokel (Paperback)

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Published: 21/03/2019
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'Glorious - funny and wry and wise, and utterly its own lawmaker' Robert Macfarlane

'A rich, strange, oddly glorious brew' Guardian

Longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2018

21st-Century Yokel is not quite nature writing, not quite a family memoir, not quite a book about walking, not quite a collection of humorous essays, but a bit of all five.

Thick with owls and badgers, oak trees and wood piles, scarecrows and ghosts, and Tom Cox's loud and excitable dad, this book is full of the folklore of several counties - the ancient kind and the everyday variety - as well as wild places, mystical spots and curious objects. Emerging from this focus on the detail are themes that are broader and bigger and more important than ever.

Tom's writing treads a new path, one that has a lot in common with a rambling country walk; it's bewitched by fresh air and big skies, intrepid in minor ways, haunted by weather and old stories and the spooky edges of the outdoors, restless and prone to a few detours, but it always reaches its destination in the end.

Publisher: Unbound
ISBN: 9781783527397
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: 2nd edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A rich, strange, oddly glorious brew' Guardian
'[An] entertaining walk through English folklore ... he keeps us with him for the whole journey' Observer
'Like a British David Sedaris dedicated to a rural way of life, Tom Cox crafts funny and poignant stories out of observations and interactions - except his observations are of trees and his interactions are with squirrels' A.V. Club

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“Truly wonderful - I didn't want this book to end”

I had long anticipated the publication of this book and I wasn't disappointed. Normally I read (very) quickly but with this book I forced myself to slow down because I wanted to savour every word - this is a book... More

Hardback edition
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“Je suis Yokel!”

I loved this book! It shines a light on all that is wonderful, & some things that are far from wonderful, about 21st century Britain but leaves you with a warn & uplifting sense of optimism. Funny,... More

Hardback edition
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Penelope Bullock at Lancaster

“A hard book to pigeon hole but a fabulous book to read. ”

A fascinating collection of musings, ramblings, recollections and observations from a wonderful storyteller. Part biography, part nature writing, part folklore and part lots of other things there is something in this... More

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