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ISBN: 9780955647710
Growing Wild on Exmoor
Growing Wild on Exmoor
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Growing Wild on Exmoor is about a family of six children, close together in age, growing up on a remote Exmoor farm between the two world wars. The family was often without structure and out of control. Molly Richards recalls vividly her alcoholic father, her mother who he worshipped and resented, and the firm presence of her grandparents, especially Grannie Richards – a better sheep farmer than Molly’s father, so much the outdoors woman that Molly never saw her do a domestic thing, not even wash a cup.

As well as being a compelling and poignant personal memoir, the book describes many of the practicalities of farming life and offers fascinating glimpses into a way of life that is gone for ever – village schools, sheep-shearing, harvest homes, cream-making and a visit to the ‘Likeness Taker’.

The narrative is supported by many photographs of Molly’s family and local scenes and events, to make Growing Wild on Exmoor one of the most remarkable reminiscences of genuine country life to have appeared in decades.

Molly Richards has always enjoyed being part of a farming community, not least because she is related to many of the Exmoor families farming in North Devon and West Somerset. A published poet, she approached the age of eighty thinking that she would like to try other kinds of writing. She joined a creative writing class, where she was encouraged to write about her childhood. She has now put all her fragmented memories together in Growing Wild on Exmoor. The book was written, she says,‘With pleasure, pain and, in parts, black humour.’ Molly now lives in Minehead.

ISBN 978 0 9556477 1 0, hardback, 216x138mm, 96 pages. published November 2007.

REVIEWS: Devon Life, Yeovil Express.

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