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The Village News The Truth Behind England's Rural Idyll by Tom Fort
  

The Village News The Truth Behind England's Rural Idyll

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The Village News is a whimsical, funny and informative travelogue by pedal power of a variety of villages across our nation that encapsulate, or showcase, all the best elements of what could be seen as the English village. Littered between the historical analysis, are personal memories from Tom Fort of the village life he remembers and enjoys today in rural Oxfordshire.

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The Village News The Truth Behind England's Rural Idyll by Tom Fort

We have lived in villages a long time. The village was the first model for communal living. Towns came much later, then cities. Later still came suburbs, neighbourhoods, townships, communes, kibbutzes. But the village has endured. Across England, modernity creeps up to the boundaries of many, breaking the connection the village has with the land. With others, they can be as quiet as the graveyard as their housing is bought up by city 'weekenders', or commuters. The ideal chocolate box image many holidaying to our Sceptred Isle have in their minds eye may be true in some cases, but across the country the heartbeat of the real English village is still beating strongly - if you can find it. To this mission our intrepid historian and travel writer Tom Fort willingly gets on his trusty bicycle and covers the length and breadth of England to discover the essence of village life. His journeys will travel over six thousand years of communal existence for the peoples that eventually became the English.

About the Author

Tom Fort was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1978 he joined the BBC in London where he worked in the BBC Radio newsroom for 22 years. He lives in South Oxfordshire with his wife and two of his children and has been travelling up and down the A303 for over five decades.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2017

Author

Tom Fort

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Travel
The Real World
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Travel writing
The countryside, country life

ISBN

9781471151095

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