Men and the Fields by Adrian Bell

‘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.

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Read the full introduction by Ronald Blythe

Paperback with flaps | 210 mm x 156 mm | 160 pages

Jacket and internal illustration by John Nash



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Adrian Bell was born in Lancashire, grew up in London, and was educated at Uppingham School. Poor health kept him from university, and in 1920 he apprenticed himself to a farmer in West Suffolk. Later farming on his own account, his first books, the trilogy Corduroy (1930), Silver Ley (1931) and The Cherry Tree (1932), were based on his early experiences of life on the land in East Anglia. Continuing to farm and write books, he also worked as a freelance journalist, and was the compiler of the first Times crossword puzzle in 1930, contributing many more puzzles over the years, as well as weekly articles for the Eastern Daily Press.