The Life & Times of a 20th Century Farmers Boy

Rural Life
ISBN 1-903953-01-4
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by Nick Adames
An illustrated agricultural memoir tracing the fortunes of three generations a well-known West Sussex farming family during 100 years of rural change.

In tracing the history of his own agricultural family and its changing fortunes and practices throughout the 20th century and their impact on the small rural community where their farm is located, the author has succeeded in writing what is de facto the history of farming in the United Kingdom over the past hundred years making this an interesting timepiece recording a period in which the farming practices that had remained more or less unchanged for centuries were all swept away.

In this entertaining family saga Nick Adames records the activities of three generations of his family whose lives, between them, spanned the entire 20th century. During that time the rural community where their family farm is located has changed beyond recognition and the way of life of his grandfather's generation has vanished forever, echoing changes that have taken place throughout the UK.

In the course of relating the ups and downs of his own family's fortunes, the author touches upon a wide variety of issues, such as modern farming practices and their impact on the countryside and its wildlife, the dwindling number of people employed on the land and its effect on rural communities, the economics of farming, the EU quota system, foot and mouth disease and much else in the course of an intelligent and well-written account that will be of great interest to anyone with a farming background  –  or indeed anyone with an interest in the social history of the countryside and its inhabitants.

The book also contains a number of interesting period photographs dating back as far as the 1890s.

details softback | 140 x 205mm | 330 pages | b/w photos