In Sight of Yellow Mountain: A Year in the Irish Countryside by Philip Judge
I read a review of this in the Irish Independent recently, Judge was compared to James Herriot and as I love Herriot’s book and enjoy writing by smallholders and farmers, I was really looking forward to this.
Philip Judge moved to Wicklow with his family, to a cottage on an acre. [...]
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about any writing news and in one way, not much has happened, and in another way, there has been loads. I’ve had quite a few people ask me recently if I’m bringing out a book for the Ploughing Championships again this year and the answer to that is no, not this year. I do have a “gift type book” in draft but the reason I’m not publishing it this year is an [...]
If you’re looking for a farming focused, funny book for Christmas, you won’t go wrong with Farming is a Funny Business. John and Andrew Arbuckle put out a call last year for funny stories and jokes amongst the Scottish farming population and curated them within this book which is sold by the Scottish charity, the RSABI.
Here’s one example:
A hill walker was [...]
Where on earth have I been these last couple of months? Well, I’ve mostly had my ass firmly sat on a chair in my dining room, drinking tea, eating high energy food (chocolate) and tapping away at the laptop to produce this masterpiece – An Ideal Farm Husband!
And why couldn’t I blog as well? [...]
I’ve been meaning to read The Shepherd’s Life for some time. Judging by reviews on Amazon, most seemed to love it but a few felt there was too much repititon and there was an over-riding tone of anger and hostility so I was curious to see.
James Rebanks isn’t an ordinary farmer. It seems that he inherited his love of sheep farming from his paternal side and his love of books from his mother, studying in Oxford in his early 20s [...]