The three elements of this remarkable book are :
One : An introduction from Hilary Binding, who is among the best-known local historians, sets the scene of life on Exmoor fifty years ago. Hilary paints a picture of rural life and helps to explain the background to the way people lived in the late 1940s and 1950s. Photographs of the period add greatly to the interest.
Two : The famous Mass Observation publication based on Luccombe, and published in 1948, titled Exmoor Village is a little gem. It comprises interviews with many of the villagers who talk about the everyday events in their lives at that time covering topics such as health, domestic life, politics, daily routine, pets, gardens, markets, farming and the village school. This provides a unique glimpse of many aspects of life that are now utterly gone. Original copies of this book are now highly sought after and many will welcome its republication in this form.
Three : Brian Pearce, who has been author of many Exmoor titles, concludes the book with a look back over fifty years, reflecting on the changes that have taken place since the National Park designation. Highly illustrated, this final section of the book is an important study of natural social and environmental change within the context of the aims and aspirations of the National Park and its people.
ISBN 0861834860, hardback, 210x297mm, 160 pages.