by Adrian Bell | Children's Books |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by Gooner of March, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on 3/17/2004
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Gooner from March, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Pre-numbered label used for registration.

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, March 27, 2004
Thanks for finding this for me Chris, I know i'm gonna love it...

"I was upon the fringe of Suffolk, a county rich in agricultural details, missed by my untutored eye"

Journal Entry 3 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, May 17, 2004
(12/05) Gooner has found a newer copy of this book, for my growing Suffolk collection. She's too kind. Although the original Penguin is back home in the fens, I'll write up a review before 'releasing' back

(20/05) I loved this; an innocent, poetic & gentle stroll through a farming year in Suffolk "Only a harrowing clods/In a slow, silent walk/With an old chestnut which stumbles and nods/Half asleep as they stalk."(Hardy) A true memoir, set in 1920, although take away references to tractors & cars, and it could have been any time in the last 300 years. Tales of ploughing, hunts, rabbitting, market days, colourful local characters and a hatful of farming lore. I recognised the Suffolk Countryside of Benfield St. George, near Bury St.Edmunds. I commute to work within 3 miles of it; I must leave the A14 one day and explore! Adrian Bell (father of journalist & politician Martin Bell) was an incredible man, transplanted from Chelsea, within a year he had taken on his own farm, he wrote for the local paper for many years and created and compiled the Times cryptic crossword for almost 4 decades. A poet and a polymath, we - who love England and its rural heritage - salute you for this beautiful chronicle of a people, a time and a place.

End note: funny description of inflated house prices charged to Londoners looking for a retreat, the gentleman who "sees something" beyond necessity in an old cottage, "For in Suffolk there are two values, actual and possible". How's that for mangold picking, corduroy wearing, yokels!

Journal Entry 4 by BookGroupMan at on Thursday, May 20, 2004
Released on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at to another bookcrosser in n/a, n/a Controlled Releases.

Given back to Gooner *big thank you* :))

Journal Entry 5 by Gooner from March, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Friday, May 21, 2004
BookGroupMan handed this one back to me, and it's now gone into my permanent collection, as it is a very old paperback and very fragile.

Journal Entry 6 by Gooner at March, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Because of unforeseen space & time restrictions, I have had to donate BC books which I registered years ago to charity shops. This is one of them.

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