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ISBN: 9781841141053
The Last Word on Exmoor
The Last Word on Exmoor
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For over thirty years Norma Huxtable’s wry accounts of life on Exmoor as a farmers’ wife and summer landlady, have delighted listeners and magazine readers alike. Now for the first time her hilarious stories appear in book form. Characters abound – her husband, the famous Farmer/Husband/Boss; “Seemingly”, the middle aged bachelor whose courting technique involved hooking a prospective bride with a shepherd’s crook; the softly spoken holidaymaker who turned out to be a fence for stolen property; and “the Pig Expert” who categorized women as either “Racehosses” or “H’Exmoor Pones” and “do’ee bear in mind that the bigger the frame, the more they feed.” Every page sparkles with Norma Huxtable’s wit and style and every story will strike a cord with the indigenous and the incomer.

Of the latter Norma says : “After years of visiting the area some retire to Exmoor, if they have not already mastered the dialect then they might as well be in China. They also face the curiosity of us natives, and we tell them they might as well spill their family scandals as ‘twill save us a lot of time finding out. Those who try to slot us into classes are known as the “Bettermost Folk”. Others, younger, save for years to leave their comfortable nine-to-five jobs to achieve what they anticipate to be the Good Life on a little Exmoor hill farm. Wives who have not worked for twenty years take on draughty old farmhouses with no mans water and struggle to work seventeen hours a day for what they had thought to be “Money for old rope”. The dream dies. Rapidly. They then write a book, recounting how terrible it all was.

This book is in reverse. I am a local, and summer visitors have been my life’s work. They are not terrible; just, shall we say, enlightening? ISBN 1 84114 105 4, hardback, 217x138mm, 144 pages.

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