Tales of a Devon Village

Hardback, Faber & Faber, first edition, 1945.

Book condition: fair, with dust wrapper (torn, and missing a piece on the back).
Price: £5.00


The publisher's blurb to this edition states: 'When Mr. Henry Williamson went to live in a thatched cottage in a North Devon village after the last war, he entered into the life about him with great zest; and several books of the period were published, but reached only a limited public. Now he has regrouped the books; and the first to reappear contains the stories, most of them written with a light, amusing touch, in Tales of a Devon Village, which covers the ten years of his life in the village. Mr. Williamson is well known for his animal and country books; but here, we think, another aspect of him is revealed, and one that should bring him the wide public that his varied talents deserve.'


A note by Henry Williamson at the front of the book further explains: 'Tales of a Devon Village, with its companion volume Life in a Devon Village, is compiled with material gathered together originally in two books I wrote some years ago and called The Village Book and The Labouring Life. Both dealt with an observed and authenticated period that has now passed away – the first decade between the two industrial wars of the twentieth century.


'I was never fully satisfied with them; they were a collection of varying fragments rather than unified books. Now, after an interval of several years of hard physical work, as labourer and farmer, I have set about giving each its own unity, based on what spirit of truth accompanies my life. H.W., 1944'