Looking for an essential summer read? Here’s five farming books you should take a closer look at this year.
Issy Masterson finds out more...
There is no doubt about it: People want to read about farming.
When it comes to books, agriculture is currently a favourite amongst readers and after the success of well-known stories by Amanda Owen and Rosamund Young’s, The Secret Life of Cows, it is no wonder more and more authors choose to tell their rural stories.
Here are five farming books for you to enjoy over the coming months.
Having always dreamed of life in the beautiful countryside this memoir is truly compelling; it's the ultimate story of a determined individual following her ambitions to be a farmer. At one with nature, she longed for that kind of peace and quiet as a child in wartime Britain, and her inspiring journey has taken her from the Cheviot Hills, to Sussex and Somerset and to the rugged regions of New Zealand.
In this heart-warming book, Adam Henson explores the impact dogs have on us as humans. The tales he tells reinforce the importance of humanity’s close and unique bond with our four-legged friends and is a celebration of the relationship between a farmer and his closest companion. It is a truly captivating read that will delight its readers.
With a view to live a rural lifestyle, Lorna and her partner left their former lives behind to begin a new one full of laughter and disaster at their family’s ancestral farm. Daily life is always exciting, with cows refusing to be milked and temperamental machinery threatening their efficiency, and there are always trials and tribulations around every corner. But, with a sense of humour and a passion for farming, the Sixsmiths have always managed to see the wonder that lies in their everyday lives.
In this insightful read, Charlie Pye-Smith travels across the country to discover the people and places that provide us with the food we eat. An interesting journey, the book is a timely travelogue that gets right to the heart of British life, and apt in timing as we begin to question food production, and the people behind its development.
Bodacious is, in many ways, a normal cat – he is independent but fussy, and one of his favourite activities is to lie lazily by the Aga, soaking up its cosy warmth. He is however in one way, very unique – Bodacious is The Shepherd Cat. This heart-warming and stand-alone tale tells the story of Bodacious’ experiences from his perspective, and offers an insight into his extraordinary farm life.