Diddly Squat

by Jeremy Clarkson

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Man has been growing crops for 12,000 years, how hard can it be, right? Accompany Clarkson on his voyage of discovery as he learns to become a farmer in his year at Diddly Squat Farm.

Love him or loathe him, you cannot help but be sucked into the shenanigans at Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm. An unlikely farmer, in June 2021 Clarkson's TV series Clarkson's Farm, documenting an intense, tough but funny year at his farm in the Cotswolds, debuted on Amazon Prime Video.

If you read the Sunday Times, you will have already read this book as the content first appeared in his column. If not, grab your wellies and join new eco-warrior Clarkson on his voyage of discovery through the farming calendar, in the year he decided to actually do something on the sprawling thousand acre farm he bought in 2008 as he learns to become a farmer. The repetition from the columns are a little frustrating but nevertheless it's a funny book with lots of take outs.

Following his attempts to become the potato king of Chipping Norton, we see the brutal reality of full-on vegetable farming, his attempt at doing a "Morgan Freeman" with bees and how the farming lifestyle becomes part of him, despite it paying him forty pence a day.


Diddly Squat Synopsis

Pull on your wellies, grab your flat cap and join Jeremy Clarkson in this hilarious and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the farm we're all obsessed with

Welcome to Clarkson's farm.

An idyllic spot offering picturesque views across the Cotswolds, bustling hedgerows and natural springs, it's the perfect plot of land for someone to delegate the actual, you know, farming to someone else while he galivants around the world in cars.

Until one day, Jeremy decided he would do the farming itself.

After all, how hard could it be? . . .

Faced with suffocating red tape, biblical weather, local objections, a global pandemic and his own frankly staggering ignorance of how to 'do farming', Jeremy soon realises that turning the farm around is going to take more than splashing out on a massive tractor.

Fortunately, there's help at hand from a large and (mostly) willing team, including girlfriend Lisa, Kaleb the Tractor Driver, Cheerful Charlie, Ellen the Shepherd and Gerald, his Head of Security and Dry Stone Waller.

Between them, they enthusiastically cultivate crops, rear livestock and hens, keep bees, bottle spring water and open a farm shop. But profits remain elusive.

And yet while the farm may be called Diddly Squat for good reason, Jeremy soon begins to understand that it's worth a whole lot more to him than pounds, shillings and pence . . .

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241464502
Publication date: 11th November 2021
Author: Jeremy Clarkson
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Primary Genre Biographies & Autobiographies
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What To Read After Diddly Squat

This Much is True
Something That May Shock and Discredit You
The Lyrics

Jeremy Clarkson Press Reviews

Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud - Daily Telegraph

Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches - Time Out

Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube - Evening Standard

Praise for Clarkson's Farm:

'The best thing Clarkson's done . . . It pains me to say this' THE GUARDIAN

'Shockingly hopeful' THE INDEPENDENT

'Even the most committed Clarkson haters will find him likeable here' THE TELEGRAPH

'Quite lovely' THE TIMES

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ISBN: 9781405946537
Publication date: 26/05/2022
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241464502
Publication date: 11/11/2021
Format: Hardback

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About Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson is the presenter of Top Gear. He writes for Top Gear Magazine and the Sunday Times. Bestselling books published by Penguin include; The World According to Clarkson, And Another Thing, You Know You Got Soul, Born to be Riled, Clarkson on Cars and Motorworld. His latest smash hit is Don't Stop Me Now.

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