Greetings from Hoxton Square where, following the dispatch of our autumn publications to readers around the world, our thoughts are beginning to turn to woolens, fireside nooks and making our way through the toppling piles of books we’ve selected from a bumper crop of recent titles.
One of these books is James Rebanks’s new offering, English Pastoral, a history of the Lake District farm he inherited and how the land has changed over three generations. Reading of farm life in the northern fells prompted us to revisit Ursula Buchan’s article from Slightly Foxed Issue 53, which takes us back to James Rebanks’s first book, The Shepherd’s Life, and to W. H. Hudson’s A Shepherd’s Life, the book which ‘turned the young Rebanks into a reader’.
Please read the newsletter for an extract, or click here to read the full article. We do hope you enjoy it. You’ll also find the books featured in this article and other recommended titles below, so you can add to your own stocks of good autumn reading.
With best wishes, as ever, from the SF office staff
Jennie, Anna, Hattie, Jess & Helen