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Men and the Fields
by Adrian Bell

Adrian Bell’s travels through East Anglia and lowland Britain capture the character of the countryside before modern agriculture altered the landscape and changed forever the way we eat and live.

Please note – this book is reprinting and will be available again in late May 2017.

Author: Adrian Bell

Introduction: Ronald Blythe

Published June 2009

£10.00

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‘It is among the best rural literature of the 20th century.’
Ronald Blythe

Adrian Bell’s travels through East Anglia and lowland Britain capture the character of the countryside before modern agriculture altered the landscape and changed forever the way we eat and live.

This new edition restores the original colour lithographs and black and white line drawings by John Nash that appeared in the first edition.

ADRIAN BELL

Introduced by Ronald Blythe
Preface by Martin Bell

216 x 156mm sewn paperback with flaps
160 pages with John Nash line drawings + 8 pages of colour lithographs
ISBN 978 0 9562545 2 8

Additional information

Weight350 g
Dimensions14 x 156 x 216 mm

Reviews

  1. Ronald Blythe is a national treasure. The publication of Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village in 1969 was a milestone: it reawoke the long tradition of writing about the English landscape which harks back to Gilbert White, John Clare, Richard Jefferies and Edward Thomas, and has since its publication inspired subsequent generations of authors and poets like Richard Mabey, Alice Oswald and Robert Macfarlane to tred similar ground. From his yeoman’s cottage in Suffolk, the house where the artist John Nash lived after the Second World War, Ronald Blythe has continued to write daily – letters, diaries, short stories, poems, novels, histories – and has in the last forty-five years become one of the most important observers and chroniclers of English rural life.

    In his introduction to Men and the Fields , published in full by the Guardian, Ronald Blythe describes the unique friendship and collaboration between John Nash and Adrian Bell which lead to the first edition being published on the eve of the Second World War.

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