In the Country by Kenneth Allsop

“No man fought more fiercely or spoke more eloquently for the causes he believed in so deeply … he was fighting to preserve the graces of Britain long before words like ecology and conservation had become common currency.” Brian Jackman

In the Country is not rustic or romantic. It is never unrealistic about agricultural modernisation and social change in the countryside. Steeped with a deep sense of the past, Kenneth Allsop’s writing speaks in defence of the natural world and stands firmly against the unchecked exploitation of the land.

Read Brian Jackman’s introduction

Paperback with flaps | 216 mm x 156 mm | 184 pages

Cover artwork and internal drawings by James Lynch


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KENNETH ALLSOP was born in Leeds and left school aged 17 to join the Slough Observer. He joined the RAF during the Second World War but left the service when injury caused his leg to be amputated. In 1949, he won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for Adventure Lit Their Star and later wrote the definitive account of 1950s British literature, The Angry Decade. He was also an accomplished journalist for Picture Post, Daily Mail and The Sunday Times. In 1955 he started reporting on television and in 1960 joined the BBC’s current affairs programme, Tonight, where he went on to become the nation’s best-known television presenter and commentator. He campaigned vigorously against oil exploration and woodland clear-felling in Dorset and Somerset, and his documentary Do You Dig Our National Parks? became a milestone in Britain’s burgeoning environmental movement.

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Weight350 g
Dimensions14 × 156 × 216 mm

2 reviews for In the Country by Kenneth Allsop

  1. David Hemingway

    David Hemingway has kindly reviewed our new edition of Kenneth Allsop’s In the Country, writing ‘it is one of the most life-affirming books I’ve read in a long while . . . In The Country captures Allsop’s fears and concerns around land usage, about concrete and asbestos buildings, about ponds being filled with overdoses of pesticides, about the damage being wreaked on water supplies. Recently reading about the current government’s reforms of planning regulations, I was reminded of Allsop’s adage that “Money speaks, beauty is voiceless.”’

    Read his full review at Caught by the River.

  2. Victoria Segal (the Guardian)

    Our first review in the Guardian! It is rare to find reissued books reviewed in the press, so we’re delighted to see that Victoria Segal has written about Kenneth Allsop’s In the Country (and with special reference to his love of Blue Vinney cheese).

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