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ISBN: 9780857040480
AUTHOR: Charles Wood
Exmoor Amour
Exmoor Amour
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At the time of year when the red deer stags were bolving, days were falling in, and chiggy-pigs had ensconced themselves in the damp dark of cottage squinches, rumours had come, blown in with the draughts, of snow machines, of waterspitting dinosaurs, of hovering helicopters and low-flying jets, of farmers having teddy troubles and of bibblers cuddling grouse. Apparently the ‘Aksmoar’ weasel patrols were proving alarmingly ineffective.

Charles Wood heaved himself upright from beside the cold-summered stove. Having washed his coal-grubby hands, pulled a log splinter from his thumb and whinged about a broken toe stubbed on the banister, he made a decision to emerge from behind his warped blue front door and make sure all was still well in the world of jodhpurs, antler men and fishers.

His emotion spring had begun to flow again. It was the ‘Ex’ in Exmoor that made things so disconcerting. Long ago he ceased to refer to the place as ‘it’ but as ‘her’. And now, like an old flame, memories of her still burned happily after a lengthy separation. And then, on the other hand, not so happily – like a grockle fire that makes charcoal of heather and gorse. Such are the foibles of the heart – of amour.

Charles Wood gave up the legal profession, and the stress of work in Libya and Hong Kong, yearning for the artistic life. For the past twenty years he has just about managed to avoid wearing a tie to work or getting grubby. Instead he has preferred to eke out an existence in the Somerset custom of self-employment. As a self-taught documentary filmmaker he has made over thirty films. His Somerset the Summerland and Exmoor – An English Wild Kingdom sold in their thousands finding their way into many a Somerset and grockle home. His film Dragons – the Story of a Country Parson was broadcast on HTV in 1999. And in 2005 he was the first Englishman to win a documentary film award in the Republic of Moldova.

Charles has also found time to be fulltime Dad of four, a writer of fairy tales, an illustrator, a part-time college lecturer, a part-time school teacher, an occasional broadcaster on BBC Somerset Sound, a cameraman for Westcountry television news and have a heart transplant. He now admits to an enjoyment of poddling through the lighter side of life’s rich tapestry, relieved that he has never been bankrupt. Charles lives with his family in the Exmoor-edge town of Wiveliscombe.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 048 0, hardback, 210x148mm, 168 pages. Published October 2010.

Other formats available: Amazon Kindle

Somerset - The Summer LandSomerset - The Summer Land - £9.99
Journey with Charles Wood and discover the secrets and wonders of England’s cider country. Region 0 (all countries) DVD. Approximately 60 minutes running time.
Charles Wood's Somerset Quiz BookCharles Wood's Somerset Quiz Book - £8.99
Drawing from the small print of history and personal experience Charles Wood teases and warms hearts in this entertaining Somerset Quiz Book. This is an ideal companion for goggle-eyed grockles and inquisitive settlers wondering what they have let them-selves in for – and a useful refresher for natives whose history, geography and just about everything else leans toward ciderous befuddlement. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Surviving Another Somerset YearSurviving Another Somerset Year - £12.99
In this sequel to his bestseller, How to Survive in Somerset, Charles Wood ‘desnuglifies’ himself from beneath a Wiveliscombe duvet to rediscover that beyond his warped blue front door the English county he loves is still alive and kicking. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
A Moorland YearA Moorland Year - £12.99
Hope Bourne has lived for fifty years in the wild and isolated places on Exmoor. Her quiet yet forthright reflections have become enduring classics.
The Story of a Red DeerThe Story of a Red Deer - £14.95
Sometimes described as the finest book ever written about Exmoor, The Story of a Red-Deer by Sir John Fortesque is reprinted for the first time in many years, with the deeply attractive colour and monochrome illustrations by G. D. Armour.
Exmoor By The WayExmoor By The Way - £8.99
A fascinating cornucopia of “Exmooriana”, which can be dipped into or read from cover to cover, with huge pleasure again and again. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle.
Exmoor Address BookExmoor Address Book - £12.99
Glorious Exmoor in all its moods is illustrated in this superbly produced Address Book. Nearly 50 images by master-photographer Peter Hendrie make this book as decorative as it is useful, an ideal gift and a perfect memento of one of the most beautiful parts of Britain.
Exmoor: A Winter's TaleExmoor: A Winter's Tale - £14.99
Locally-based landscape photographer Neville Stanikk has produced a book of 140 outstanding colour photographs that tell the unique and perhaps unexpectedly beautiful story of Exmoor over the winter.
Wild HarvestWild Harvest - £12.99
Hope Bourne is probably the best-known chronicler of Exmoor. This book completes the trilogy which includes A Moorland Year and Living on Exmoor.
Our Love of ExmoorOur Love of Exmoor - £19.99
In this wonderful book of superb Exmoor images, photographer Ernest Davey first explores the waterways of Exmoor as they tumble down from the high moors chuckling and gurgling on their fast descent ‘til they quieten in the valley bottoms before emptying into the Bristol Channel or flowing much further southward to the English Channel.
Norma Huxtable's Exmoor ExposedNorma Huxtable's Exmoor Exposed - £4.99
Rejoice again at the antics of Farmer Fred, the genteel aspirations of Missus (whose Christmas present last year was the gloves that came free with a bag of rat poison), the incredulity of the ‘newcomers’ and the generally superior attitude of the assorted livestock. Discover anew the centrality of Exmoor to world affairs in the latest tome from the indominatable Norma Huxtable.
Web Price: £12.99
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