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ISBN: 9780857042842
AUTHOR: Hope Bourne
Hope Bourne's History of Exmoor
Hope Bourne's History of Exmoor
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Although not a professional historian, in this book Hope Bourne traces – in her customarily evocative and eminently readable prose – the key developments in Exmoor’s long heritage: the Celtic and Saxon colonisation; the Norman development of the Royal Forest; the disafforestation and acquisition by the Knight family of a vast tract of the Moor in the nineteenth century; and the advent of the National Park in the twentieth century.

The text is accompanied by a selection of Hope Bourne’s fine drawings, which further bring to life the key themes of her story.

New generations can now experience Hope’s unique interpretation of Exmoor’s history, which was tempered and informed by her direct experience of living the sort of existence that would have been familiar to Exmoor dwellers many centuries before.

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 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 284 2, hardback, 214x138mm, 160 pages. Published October 2018.

Hope Bourne's Exmoor VillageHope Bourne's Exmoor Village - £12.99
Lost to view for nearly half a century Hope Bourne’s love song to her home village is a significant work that here sees the light of day for the first time. A selection of Hope’s hitherto unseen evocative line drawings to complement the luminous text. A “must have” for Hope Bourne’s many admirers, and for all lovers of Exmoor, its people and places.
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: £14.99
17.37 EUR 18.74 USD 24.55 AUD

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