A Life on the Land : Based on the Life of Mont Abbott of Enstone, Oxfordshire
Author: Sheila Stewart
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Country life
In this extraordinary piece of social history, Sheila Stewart takes us into the life of Mont Abbott, who for nearly eighty years has lived and worked on the land near the parish of Enstone in Oxfordshire. Constructed from a series of taped conversations, Lifting the Latch is a record of the joys of a country life that no longer exists and of the memorable cast of characters who took part in it, as well as a document that paints a grimmer picture of personal tragedy and rural hardship before the existence of the welfare state.
Frank Dullaghan's accessible poetry is increasingly assured and poised. Eschewing sentimentality and with language that is clear and elegant but revealing a depth of experience as they dig deep into memory, this poetry is insightful, poignant and ultimately life-affirming.
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