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The Last Horsemen is the inspiring story of John Dodd and his family, who have lived on Sillywrae Farm—the last farm in Britain to be worked by horses—for more than 150 years. Telling the inspirational story of a year in the life of John Dodd, his family, and the farm, this book compellingly evokes the beauty of the countryside. With a farming industry that seems to lur
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Granada Media
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Sillywrea farm in high country north England is farmed by horse, with horses also used to pull tree trunks out of the woodland. This appears to be the last farm so worked in Britain.

The five horses presently used are Clydesdales, smaller than Shires and intelligent about their work. We see a year in the farm life, from spring ploughing and seeding to lambing, haymaking, cattle sales, then winter for repairs, turnips and so on. One young horse is being broken in and trained gradually. As the far
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Well for starters the author isn’t the gritty, friend of Ed Abbey and chronicler of the US-Mexico border. Too bad. This is another Charles Bowden who puts forth a straight forward, almost documentarian style of writing, just putting forth the facts without any attempt at creating a story. Plodding along, much like his protagonist.
I found the book interesting because of the subject matter, but I can’t help but thinking what book might have arisen should this topic have fallen into the hands of a
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CHARLES BOWDEN’s journalism appears regularly in Harper’s GQ, and other national publications. He is the author of several previous books of nonfiction, including Down by the River.

In more than a dozen groundbreaking books and many articles, Charles Bowden has blazed a trail of fire from the deserts of the Southwest to the centers of power where abstract ideas of human nature hold sway — and to t
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