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ISBN: 9780857042194
AUTHOR: Simon Butler
The Farmer's Wife
The Farmer's Wife
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This book celebrates the women whose working traditions lie in the land and those women who laboured on the land. Their's is a story largely untold for, as ‘The Farmer’s Wife’, their role has often been overlooked: history is indeed the domain of men.

Of course there is no single story to tell for each farming wife will have a different tale . What if anything binds them collectively is the work that women on the land traditionally undertook and this is the theme followed here. And because working women were treated as second-class citizens throughout history it should not be assumed that our notional farmer’s wife portrayed here felt anything but in control of her circumstances, proud of the essential part she played in the farming household.

The scope of this book however is not too look too much into the distant past but rather to focus on that period in history when photography begins to provide us with wonderful images of farming people, how they looked and the work they did. Here are over 250 such photographs around which their stories are told. The theme widens to look at the life of women in rural Britain more generally and it also touches on the lives of country children, for not only did the nurturing of boys and girls fall principally on their mothers; work considered suitable for women was also work considered fit for their children too. It is through these superb photographs that the life and work of these country women emerges into light.

Simon Butler lives and works in the Westcountry. A publisher of many hundreds of titles he has also written and edited books ranging from novels to books on art. His book The War Horses, which tells of the tragic fate of the animals taken to war reached number one in military hardback sales. A companion volume Goodbye Old Friend: A Sad Farewell to the Working Horse continues the story of the working horse, following it through the nineteenth century to its disappearance from the farming landscape in the decades after the Great War.

The Farmer’s Wife draws in part on his boyhood years spent on a farm in Cornwall.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 219 4, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published October 2013.

 
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Goodbye Old FriendGoodbye Old Friend - £19.99
Following the First World War, the Empire of the Horse evaporated, and within a few decades the working horse had disappeared almost entirely from the British landscape. Simon Butler explores the reasons for this change and the effect it has had on our lives. The story follows on from the his bestselling book The War Horses in which he describes the fate of the horse during the 1914-18 war.
The War HorsesThe War Horses - £19.99
Simon Butler draws upon over 200 photographs and eye-witness accounts to illustrate the actuality of war and the vital role played by the horse on the Western Front. Poignant memoirs reveal the bond formed between the fighting men and the animals in their care; remarkable stories of compassion and kindness set against the harrowing background of ‘The War to End All Wars’.
Old Farming DaysOld Farming Days - £24.99
A truly fascinating study by acknowledged expert Robin Staines of a way of life on the land that has now almost completely disappeared. Horse power and traditions that are centuries old are here recalled and described in detail. Noone who has had any connection with farming in Devon and Cornwall, or who have an interest in our agricultural past, will fail to be absorbed by this evocative book.
 
 
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