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All Cheeses Great and Small: A Not So Everyday Story of Country Folk

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Published October 7th 2012 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published March 1st 2012)
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In saying that this contains some of my favourite writing about the countryside I've read, I don't expect many people to concur. But it does, and this book was among the loveliest things I've read all year. Reading it whilst basking outside in the June sunshine in a garden or park certainly helps. (Perhaps I should have posted about it nearer the time, on the offchance of encouraging one or two others to enjoy it similarly, but 5-star reviews can be the hardest to write.) Not only was it a treat ...more
Alex James bought a house, a very big house in the country.

Readers of a book by Alex James, may understandably be initially perplexed that the content is not music related. However he already published that one; it is called ‘A bit of a blur’. If you are expecting more of those music industry, tour bus tales and have absolutely no interest in the workings of a farm or the maintenance of a large house, do not pick this book up. James’ time as a rock star is largely irrelevant here, in fact it is
Alex Sarll
He may have acquired some friends with whom I wouldn't care to socialise myself, but even aside from the fringe, I could never hate a man capable of lines like "The moon was in a part of the sky where the sun never goes, casting odd shadows and suggesting that great things might be true."
Another Fopp bargain, I picked this up as I had enjoyed his previous book Bit of a Blur.
This one opens with him buying a farm, almost on whim, but falling in love with the idea of becoming a farmer.
I knew he was a celebrated cheese maker these days, but it was fascinating to hear how he got to that point from being a bass player in a 90s rock group.
Boy can he wax lyrical about the pleasures of living in the English countryside, and he draws you into his fascinating new lifestyle with ease.
Alex comes across as an easy-going chap with an attractive boyish enthusiasm for living, whether its wowing them at Glastonbury or sniffing blackberries in his (extensive) hedgerows. He's good at playing the guitar, making cheese and writing about his enchanting life.

If his wife ever gets bored I would like to put myself forward as a replacement.
I loved the book "Bit of a Blur" by Blur's guitarist Alex James, so when I spotted this book (apparently about "what happened next") in London (where I was staying because of a Blur show!), I bought it, of course. And it really is about what came next: Alex James and his wife Claire bought a big farm, on impulse, during their honeymoon. The next 10 years were spent having five children and transforming the farm into a house for the family, stables, greenhouses and a cheese factory. Alex James st ...more
Mark Lancaster
James is/was the bassist in the Indie group Blur and, although I don't object to a bit of Blur, I was more interested in his account of how he bought a farm after Blur broke up and his adventures in coming to grips with country living, animal husbandry, cheesemaking and the like. I have to say, I find James an evocative writer, not least in his accounts of his childlike wonder and joy at the mysteries and beauty of nature. Of course, one needs to be very rich to buy and run a farm. Indeed, the g ...more
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‘All Cheeses Great and Small’ tells the story of how Alex James, the former bassist of Brit pop band Blur, made the transition from rock-star to (self-declared) bad farmer. In this memoir James muses on his love for the Cotswolds and newly discovered passion for making cheese... Read More...
Fanny Dingaling
Really two and a half stars. It was a good read but I could've done with less waffling on about how gorgeous and pretty the farm was/is.

I do like Alex James' style of storytelling though. He makes you feel like he's telling you his life story over a few at the pub.

And I did love the quote about tea and love.
Tim Dyson
Rather charming journey of discovery from one of my favourite pop stars. Perfect to read outside on a sunny day it conjures up sights, sounds and smells that transport you to a rather charming, rural and very English idyll. Not just for fans.
Graham Cawsey
Pony book. Who cares how many animals or sheds he has?

The blur reunion was summed up in less than one page at the final chapter
It's ok. The last book gave me a serious crush on him, but this one sent me running back to Graham. Where's his book?
Alex James really really loves his pigs.
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An English musician and songwriter, as well as a journalist and cheesemaker. Best known as the bassist of the band Blur.

Librarian note: There is more than one author with this name in the Goodreads database.
More about Alex James...
Bit of a Blur: The Autobiography

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