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A Country Life (Paperback, New edition): Roy Strong

A Country Life (Paperback, New edition)

Roy Strong; Illustrated by Julia Trevelyan Oman

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This is a collection of Strong's columns from the late 1980s, originally published in the magazine Country Life. They cover a year in Strong's life and are structured round the seasons. This is a delightful and gentle read. The passages are so beautifully descriptive in tone that it is easy to imagine the author's rural existence, centred around the garden but encompassing journeys, friends and his beloved cats. Keen gardeners will particularly appreciate Strong's discussions of plant varieties, but his lyrical evocations of country joys are universally appealing. In fact, just reading this book is a calming experience. Adding to the effect are fine illustrations by Strong's wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman, that well complement the overall feel of contentment, although it would have been nice to have more of them. In a postscript written for this new edition, Strong comments on the foot-and-mouth crisis and its effects, but points out that the ordinary, everyday little things described in these writings remain the same. It is comforting to note that the book ends with a feeling of hope for the future. (Kirkus UK)
‘Sir Roy was blessed at birth, or the font, with the tongue of a ready writer. His prose is compulsive…like a glittering conversation with the best-informed and most charming of companions’ A N WILSON

Roy Strong and his wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman, have lived in the country for nearly thirty years. In 1987 he was asked to write an occasional column reflecting this quintessentially English way of life. A Country Life brings these popular pieces together, portraying the passing of the seasons in what the author describes as his ‘beloved adopted county’ of Herefordshire.

A Country Life is a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of memories and observations, embracing the countryside, gardens, cooking and remembrances of things both long gone and only yesterday. The author writes lyrically of the arrival of the bright green tarragon shoots in spring; of the delights of eating al fresco; of making sorbets from medlar, blackberry and quince; and of the russet beech hedges in winter. Quinquagesima sees the arrival of Lent lilies; a bad winter is signalled by frantic bee activity among the drones; and Christmas brings a winding down before the New Year.

The keynote of A Country Life is delight – a portrait of life in the English countryside which seems as old as time itself.

General

Imprint: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2002
Authors: Roy Strong
Illustrators: Julia Trevelyan Oman
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 192
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-553-81425-5
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history
Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > The countryside, country life
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > History > British & Irish history
Books > History > British & Irish history > General
LSN: 0-553-81425-7
Barcode: 9780553814255

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