I have always enjoyed reading farm and rural memoirs. My copies of James Herriot’s books are dog-eared and have been reread many times since I was a teenager. The success of recently published farm memoirs proved that the rural memoir is as popular as ever, perhaps even enjoying a renaissance as various sectors of society (indeed, 47% of people in Britain) show an interest in leaving their city lives and dream of living on a smallholding or perhaps [...]
If you are looking for a book that covers Irish farming from the 5th century (before the days St Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland!) to within the last couple of centuries, Agriculture and Settlement in Ireland is the book for you. Edited by Margaret Murphy and Matthew Stout, there’s much to enjoy and discover as the writers analyse statistics, maps, letters, receipts and much [...]
I have a competition for you – up for grabs is not just one book but two farming books. ?I’m giving away a copy of my brand new book?‘Would You Marry A Farmer?’ as it comes hot from the printing press along with a copy of ‘Worse Could Have Happened’ by Andrew Forrest. Details of how you can win it are below but first of all I’m going to tell you all about the latter.