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These volumes comprise Bell's celebrated trilogy of novelized memoirs set in the West Suffolk countryside between the two World Wars. The lasting fascination of all three books lies in the contrast between the natural hopefulness of their young author and the economic hopelessness of the scene to which he has committed his life. "A fine and delightful achievement."--The Ti ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 266 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by ISIS Audio Books (first published 1930)
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For anyone interested in farm life in the 20's, this book is a treasure. For me, this book was all kinds of things I like thrown in the pot and called supper. The main thing - Adrian is great. Coming from a city background as he does, he puts himself into the role of farmer's apprentice with all good will and positivity. And Mr. Colville, his mentor (all the considerable number of Colvilles, in fact) it was not difficult to see that Adrian would have a case of hero-worship for him - energetic, e ...more
June Louise
I have a lot of Suffolk blood in me, and call this part of the world my "second home" so when I found out that Adrian Bell had written a trilogy of life in this rural part of England, I snapped them up! My Uncles all have large farms in this area, so these books were of especial interest to me.

In Corduroy, Adrian shares his experiences in moving from the bustling, pretentious metropolis of London to the farming life in Suffolk, and working as an apprentice on the Colville farm. From having the w
Jul 01, 2009 Liz rated it it was amazing
This is a book written by a man who went from a life of flapper dissipation to learning the ropes of farming from a man who had done it all his life. Bell's parents wanted him to stop fooling around and do something with his life. He wanted to work outside, and he wound up with an old-fashioned farmer. At this time in England (the 1920s), the old ways were still common, and the impending changes of the post-war revolution were merely a flicker in the eyes of the people. Bell describes windmills ...more
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Jul 16, 2014 K. Velk rated it it was amazing
This is by way of a public service. I stumbled over several references recently to this book and decided to hunt it down. "Hunt" is the right word, though of course that's not so hard these days. It seems to have gone out of print in the late 80s (I may be wrong about that, but the used paperback copy that I found on the Internet was itself a revival with a foreword noting how awful it was that such a great book had been allowed to drop out of print). I resorted to ADDALL Used books (which is an ...more
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Feb 03, 2015 Matthew Fray rated it really liked it
This books captures time and place perfectly but from the point of view a person involved (Adrian Bell lived and worked on a farm just after the First World War)as well as an outside observer who gradually learns more of the ways of the countryside. It is not simply a series of anecdotes nor does it present itself as a grand description of nature, but it has elements of both of these. He never looks down on his colleagues, in fact he's the one that feels like an idiot a lot of the time compared ...more
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Silly to be reading this beautiful old book on the KINDLE app on my iphone - but there you have it, modern Life. Wonderful to have it nearby and sneak a few pages now and then...recommended in their monthly online newsletter by my favorite book shop on earth, Slightly Foxed in London.
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Adrian Bell is one of the best-known of modern writers dealing with the countryside. His books are noted for their close observations of country life.
The son of a newspaper editor, Bell was born in London and educated at Uppingham School in Rutland. At the age of 19 he ventured into the countryside in Hundon, Suffolk, to learn about agriculture, and he farmed in various locations over the next six
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