Author(s): Rosie Boycott
After leaving the editorship of the "Daily Express", Rosie Boycott wasn't sure what to do next. A terrible car accident forced her to rethink her life, turning her in a direction she would never have previously imagined. Working a small farm in Somerset proves a daunting task, but Rosie and her new husband Charlie are determined, and their immersion in rural living, hilarious and profoundly moving, reaps rewards they never expected. Pigs, ducks and geese are fattened for the butcher; vegetables and cut flowers are grown for a reluctant marketplace; and Rosie and Charlie discover much about the hard graft of running a smallholding. They learn too about weightier issues that affect the local community of Ilminster - particularly the new supermarket that threatens the soul of the local town centre. And Rosie finds recovery in the rhythms of the seasons. First published 2007 as Our Farm, this edition with postscript 2008.
'TV's The Good Life meets Richard Benson's The Farm, with Fast Food Nation and Tescopoly thrown in for good measure' Observer Food Monthly 'Boycott is admirably, wincingly honest and her reflections on the calming effects of her rural environment will chime with many people in both town and country' Richard Benson, Mail on Sunday 'Compelling stuff, a poignant message for those who remain oblivious to how food is produced' Observer 'This delightful account of her odyssey will chime with anyone sick of tasteless, expensive supermarket produce and confirm her reputation as a thoroughly good egg' Daily Mail
Rosie Boycott is one of the UK's leading journalists and broadcasters, and has frequently been in the vanguard of significant social and political movements. She appears regularly on radio and TV, and has chaired the committees for both the Orange Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize.