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A Year at Bottengoms Farm

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ISBN-13: 9781853118333
Published: 29/09/2007
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These exquisite mini essays reflect on the natural landscape, the changing seasons, village life, art, poetry, the stories that ancient churches tell, the Christian year. They refresh ones vision of ones own daily routine and surroundings and can be read over and over again, like poetry.

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Ronald Blythe

Ronald Blythe is one of the UK’s greatest living writers. His work, which has won countless awards, includes Akenfield (a Penguin 20th Century Classic and a feature film), Private Words, Field Work, Outsiders: a Book of Garden Friends and numerous other titles. He was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s prestigious Benson Medal. He lives near Colchester.

Author Interview
On the eve of Ronald Blythe's 85th Birthday, SCM-Canterbury Press had the opportunity to ask him a few questions... You started writing in the 1950's, with the release of your first book 'A Treasonable Growth', and the reissued, 'Divine Landscapes', was released earlier this year. What has inspired you to keep writing for so many years? 'I have lived in East Anglia all my life and my work is must influenced by its landscape and spirit. I became a full-time writer in 1956, when I lived at Aldeburgh and assisted at the Festival. I edited Aldeburgh Anthology for Benjamin Britten. SCM-Canterbury Press has just re-published your Wormingford series, Can you tell us a little about Wormingford and why you started writing these? 'I began writing my journal 'Word from Wormingford' in the church Times abut fifteen years ago and the fifth volume, River Diary will be published by Canterbury press next spring. The journal is centred on a Stour Valley village on the Suffolk-Essex border, which I have known since I was 23, chiefly through my friendship with the artist John Nash and his circle. I wrote a study of the Nash brothers called First Friends which has recently become the basis of Pat Barker's novel.' Do you feel that the works you have written chronicle your life in any shape or form? 'Yes, my work does indeed chronicle my life to some extent and it follows a classic English tradition- and had been popular in the USA, maybe because of this.' Your book, 'Akenfield' has now be turned into one of Penguins 20th Century Classics alongside Lady Chatterley's Lover and Nineteen Eighty- Four, can you tell us a little about it? 'In 1966 I lived near Woodbridge whose countryside provided the people in Akenfield. Akenfield is an autobiographical study of farming in England during the years 1888-1966. It was followed by a study of old age, The View in Winter.' What do you most enjoy reading these days? Any favourite authors? My favourite reading of late has included Vikram Seth&rsquo's An Equal Music and Imogen Holst, A Life in Music.' Do you think you will ever retire? 'Artists and writers are fortunate- they don't retire! I am president of the John Clare society, the Kilvert Society and the Robert Bloomfield Society. And Vice-President of the Hazlitt Society. So- a busy life!'
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