Review: A Little Piece of England by John Jackson
PUBLISHED: 14:37 03 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:37 03 June 2014
Deputy Editor Owen Jones reviews the special edition of a Devon author's book
The review copy of this republished classic from the 1970s arrived beautifully packaged and with a small envelope of carrot seeds attached. Presumably the idea is that reading John Jackson’s account of becoming self-sufficient by building up a smallholding with his wife and three children will inspire the reader to rush out and plant carrots. This might actually work. The author’s delightful writing and the charming illustrations by Val Biro make this a very enjoyable read. The new publication marks 35 years since it was first published as A Bucket of Nuts and A Herring Net: The Birth of a Spare-Time Farm. It’s an entertaining story that remains fresh today. Now, where’s that potting compost...?
A Little Piece of England, £12.99, is published by JJ Books, jjbooks.com