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ISBN: 9780857042569
AUTHOR: Hope Bourne
Hope Bourne's Exmoor Village
Hope Bourne's Exmoor Village
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Hope Bourne is renowned as perhaps the greatest Exmoor writer of the twentieth century.

For half of her lifetime, Hope lived in and around the village of Withypool on the southern side of the Moor. In the late 1960s, at a time of great personal unhappiness, she sought increasing solace in her friends, neighbours and the landscape around her.

Finding her daily business restricted to Withypool and its environs, she set about writing a tribute to the place. She recounts a time before mobile phones and the internet had come to dominate daily life, when communication was a gossip over a half-open stable door and “wireless” meant the radio.

She takes the reader around the village, along the river and out again around the parish boundaries, describing people, local events, farms and the changing landscape. Hope’s love for Exmoor is apparent in the detailed descriptions and sketches which capture a way of life gradually slipping from living memory.

Having so carefully set down the history and living rhythms of the village, Hope’s manuscript was filed away and lost to view for nearly half a century.

Then in 2014 Dr Helen Blackman, archivist to the Exmoor Society, rediscovered the text at the Society’s headquarters, in a nondescript box labelled simply “Village Surveys”. It quickly became apparent that Hope Bourne’s love song to her home village was a significant work that fully deserved to see the light of day. Dr Blackman has subsequently prepared the manuscript for publication and chosen a selection of Hope’s hitherto unseen evocative line drawings to complement the luminous text.

Hope Bourne’s Exmoor Village will be a “must have” for Hope Bourne’s many admirers, and for all lovers of Exmoor, its people and places.

Hope Bourne was born in Oxford in 1918 but brought up at Hartland in North Devon. She lived on Exmoor for some sixty 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 256 9, 214x138mm, 144 pages. Published September 2015. Reprinted June 2017.

Hope Bourne's ExmoorHope Bourne's Exmoor - £24.99
With an expert commentary from John Burgess, with Caroline Tonson-Rye,this book allows us to savour just how eloquent legendary Exmoor author Hope Bourne could be in her visual record as well as in her prose. Her sketches show her acute observation of colour and light through the seasons and her work is imbued utterly with the spirit of the place.
JaelJael - £12.99
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 and 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. 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.
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.
Web Price: £12.99
15.06 EUR 16.24 USD 21.28 AUD

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