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ISBN: 9780857040893
AUTHOR: Hope Bourne
Jael
Jael
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Jael, legendary country writer Hope Bourne’s only novel, is full of references to the Devon countryside, methods of farming, the seasons and local folk lore. But it is no gentle stroll through pastoral England. Instead it is a torrent of emotions.

Jael is an independent and resourceful countrywoman who is struggling but succeeding to live on alone after the death of her mother the previous year. This life has not been freely chosen but brings Jael reward and enjoyment. One day a Landrover overheats near Jael’s cottage and she helps the driver, Paul Wentworth to get back on the road.

Paul and Jael develop a connection and Jael helps Paul to manage the farm he has taken on as tenant. But there is a dark foreboding tension in the relationship from the start. Paul’s new wife brings their close platonic relationship to an end and leads ultimately to the dramatic conclusion of the novel.

A deeply moving story, this novel will be read eagerly by those many thousands who admire Hope Bourne's work, both for her sympathetic understanding of rural life and her passionate insights into human character.

Hope Bourne was born in Oxford in 1918 but brought up at Hartland in North Devon. She lived on Exmoor for some 60 years, for two decades in a caravan at Ferny Ball near Withypool. Growing or shooting her own food, she earned her living as a writer, publishing four books in her lifetime as well as pamphlets and a regular newspaper column. In later life three television documentaries about her life brought her to the attention of an even wider public. Hope Bourne died in August 2010 a few days short of her 92nd birthday.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 089 3, hardback, 210x148mm, 160 pages. Published October 2011.

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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.
Living on ExmoorLiving on Exmoor - £12.99
Described as the most significant book to appear about Exmoor since Fortescue’s Story of a Red Deer, Living on Exmoor by Hope Bourne is an acute reminder of the fragility of rural life and the environment and a fascinating portrait of the Exmoor landscape and the way of life of its people.
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.
 
 
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