Field Work: What Land Does to People & What People Do to Land (Paperback)Bella Bathurst (author)
Bathurst’s perceptive and compassionate book takes the reader on a fascinating behind-the-scenes journey into the realities of farming the land in twenty-first-century Britain.
For many of us, Britain is countryside - drystone walls, stiles, sheep on a distant hillside. But farmers themselves often remain a mystery: familiar but unpredictable, a secretive industry still visible from space.
Who are these people who shape our countryside and put food on our tables? And what does it take to pull a life out of earth?
From fruit farmers to fallen stock operators, from grassy uplands to polytunnels, Bella Bathurst journeys through Britain to talk to those on the far side of the fence. As farmers find themselves torn between time-honoured methods and modern appetites, these shocking, raw, wise and funny accounts will open out a way of life now changing beyond recognition.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 22 mm
'A long overdue account of the true nature of farming - written from the ground up. Bella Bathurst really gets under the skin of what it means to farm the land in the 21st century, at a time of unprecedented change.' - Stephen Moss, naturalist and author of Skylarks with Rosie
'Exactly the book I've been longing to read about farming. A proper behind-the-scenes look, fascinating, insightful, compassionate.' - Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley and The Light of Stubborn Things
Praise for Bella Bathurst's previous titles:
'Fascinating ... Bathurst is a restless, curious writer' - The Guardian
'[Bathurst] is wry, perceptive, laconic, occasionally downright funny and uncannily skilled at recreating atmosphere...a pleasure to read.' - The Daily Telegraph
'She has a dazzling gift for descriptive writing.' - Independent
'A fine achievement: describing the indescribable' - Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows
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“Brimming with Life.”
This book is a wonderful account of what farming looks like across Britain today. If you are looking for a book about what farmer’s face on a daily basis, the challenges, the heartbreak and at times, the joy, then... More
“A thoughtful account of 21st century farming.”
Bella Bathurst writes beautifully about the ups and downs of modern day farming. She writes from a personal point of view, and in the farmers own words, describing daily life in farms across Britain. Although she... More
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