The Henry Williamson Society

Green Fields and Pavements

Green Fields and Pavements

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Hardback, Henry Williamson Society, first edition, 1995. Foreword by Bill Williamson, illustrated by Mick Loates.
Book condition: good, with dust wrapper.

Published by the Henry Williamson Society to celebrate the centenary of Henry Williamson's birth, the publisher's blurb reads: 'Henry Williamson is remembered today chiefly for his much-loved Tarka the Otter, which has become a modern classic, although in his lifetime he wrote over 50 books.

'Less well known is that between 1937 and 1945 he farmed 235 acres at Stiffkey, on the Norfolk coast. Faced with reclaiming an almost derelict farm run down during the Depression, and with very little capital, Williamson had to continue his broadcasting and writing in order to subsidise the farm, with regular articles in both local and London newspapers. Green Fields and Pavements is a collection of his contributions to the Eastern Daily Press appearing between 1941 and 1944.

'Over fifty years on, these beautifully written pieces make fascinating reading. Beginning during the dark days of the war, prior to the turning point of El Alamein, and ending before D-Day, Henry Williamson presents a many-faceted picture, sometimes humorous, of life on the home front during those years: of agriculture at a time when only the large farms could afford the new American combine harvesters, and the small farmer built his stacks and waited for the threshing machine; of literature and art, with reviews of contemporary books; of the countryside and its wildlife, and the poignant stories of Cheepy, a tiny chicken which mothered a brood of guinea fowl, and Hooly the young tawny owl adopted by the Williamson family.

'The war is an ever-present background, with references to the Eighth Army, soldiers training on the fields, and the thunderous bomber streams of the RAF and US Eighth Air Force filling the skies over East Anglia by night and by day.'

(For further information about the book and its contents, see Green Fields and Pavements.)


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