Country Life :A story of peaks and troughs

Country Life

Country Life :A story of peaks and troughs

Published: 27 April, 2023
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The Nutty Idyll

Are you considering escaping the city for a blissful new way of life in the countryside? Estate agents may be feeding you with persuasive visions of Arcadia, but realities are more helpful. Read on.

Former townies Giles and Mary have embraced country life for over thirty years, each in their own different way. Mary is more inclined to engage in the social opportunities offered by the local community. While Giles's pre-occupations include his organic no-dig veg patch and regenerative agriculture as 'the only method that could save the ecosystem from imminent disaster'.

Together they sift through the unhelpful dreamy myths and offer their own, two-handed pragmatic reality, obtainable for all. In robust back-and-forth exchange, they de-mystify every aspect of life in rural outposts, celebrating the peaks and navigating the troughs, from planning wars and ghost hunting to dog walking and bargain hunting.

Join Giles and Mary in this book, as they share their hard-earned lessons to help us all find our own way to a new, contented country life, where perfect isn't the point.

Their new joint book about daily life in what they call 'the grottage' is a treat... memorable glimpses, wittily and succinctly evoked and encapsulating British character. -- Ysenda Maxtone Graham * Country Life *
I read it in an evening. It's brilliant: so funny and original. And wonderfully written. -- Harry Mount, EDITOR, The Oldie

Giles Wood (Author)
Giles Wood is an accomplished artist, and is also a published writer, with columns in The Telegraph and The Oldie. In the podcast space, he can be heard on Giles and Mary's Oldie Newsround with Harry Mount.

Mary Killen (Author)
Mary Killen is a busy journalist, with a weekly column in The Spectator, and regular contributions in many other national publications. She has been appearing on Channel 4's hit show Gogglebox since 2015 with her husband Giles, sitting together in their cottage in Wiltshire. This is Mary's seventh book.

Type Book
ISBN 9781529900156
Number Of Pages 256
Item Weight 377 g
Product Dimensions 144 x 222 x 26 mm
Publisher Ebury Publishing
Format Hardback