Field Work (Hardback)

What Land Does to People & What People Do to Land

Bella Bathurst

What does it take to make a living from the land in modern Britain?

'Exactly the book I've been longing to read about farming. A proper behind-the-scenes look, fascinating, insightful, compassionate.' Melissa Harrison

'A fine achievement: describing the indescribable' Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

For many of us, Britain is countryside - drystone walls, stiles, sheep on a distant hillside. But farmers themselves often remain a mystery: familiar but unpredictable, a secretive industry still visible from space. Who are these people who shape our countryside and put food on our tables? And what does it take to pull a life out of earth?

From fruit farmers to fallen stock operators, from grassy uplands to polytunnels, Bella Bathurst journeys through Britain to talk to those on the far side of the fence. As farmers find themselves torn between time-honoured methods and modern appetites, these shocking, raw, wise and funny accounts will open out a way of life now changing beyond recognition.

Publication date: 29/04/2021

£16.99

ISBN: 9781788162135

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics, Travel & Nature

Field Work (Ebook)

What Land Does to People & What People Do to Land

Bella Bathurst

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What does it take to make a living from the land in modern Britain?

'Exactly the book I've been longing to read about farming. A proper behind-the-scenes look, fascinating, insightful, compassionate.' Melissa Harrison

'A fine achievement: describing the indescribable' Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

For many of us, Britain is countryside - drystone walls, stiles, sheep on a distant hillside. But farmers themselves often remain a mystery: familiar but unpredictable, a secretive industry still visible from space. Who are these people who shape our countryside and put food on our tables? And what does it take to pull a life out of earth?

From fruit farmers to fallen stock operators, from grassy uplands to polytunnels, Bella Bathurst journeys through Britain to talk to those on the far side of the fence. As farmers find themselves torn between time-honoured methods and modern appetites, these shocking, raw, wise and funny accounts will open out a way of life now changing beyond recognition.

Publication date: 29/04/2021

£12.99

ISBN: 9781782835318

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B083JM45Z5

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics, Travel & Nature

Reviews for Field Work

'A long overdue account of the true nature of farming - written from the ground up. Bella Bathurst really gets under the skin of what it means to farm the land in the 21st century, at a time of unprecedented change.'

Stephen Moss, naturalist and author of Skylarks with Rosie 

'Exactly the book I've been longing to read about farming. A proper behind-the-scenes look, fascinating, insightful, compassionate.'

Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley and The Light of Stubborn Things 

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Praise for Bella Bathurst's previous titles:

Fascinating ... Bathurst is a restless, curious writer

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 Guardian

'[Bathurst] is wry, perceptive, laconic, occasionally downright funny and uncannily skilled at recreating atmosphere...a pleasure to read.'

 Daily Telegraph

'She has a dazzling gift for descriptive writing.'

 Independent

'A fine achievement: describing the indescribable'

Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows 

Bella Bathurst

Bella Bathurst

Bella Bathurst is a writer and photojournalist. Her books include The Lighthouse Stevensons which won the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award, The Wreckers, which became a BBC Timewatch documentary, and The Bicycle Book, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2011.