For more than five decades Hope Bourne lived in wild and isolated places on
Exmoor, walking many miles to explore its remote fastnesses and making notes
and sketches of its wildlife and landscapes.
A Moorland Year is a journal of her impressions, seen through a countrymanís
eye and recorded with a poetís ear, enhanced by the authorís evocative line drawings
of the Exmoor scene.
A Moorland Year is a worthy successor to Hope Bourneís widely praised Living on
Exmoor and Wild Harvest.
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 years
three television documentaries about her life
brought her to the attention of an even wider
Hope Bourne died in August 2010 a few days
short of her 92nd birthday.
Imprint: Exmoor Books. ISBN 978 0 86183 253 8, hardback, 214x138mm, 144 pages. Published 1993, reprinted 2002 and May 2015.