This is the story of Alex James's transition from a leading light of the Britpop movement in the 1990s, to gentleman farmer, artisan cheese-maker and father of five. All Cheeses Great and Small is the follow-up memoir to Alex James's first book, Bit of a Blur, the story of his excessive pop star lifestyle during the nineties. But now Alex has grown up, fallen in love and got married. He has also fallen passionately for his new home, an enormous rambling farmhouse in the Cotswolds, set in two hundred acres of beautiful British countryside. The farm represents not just a new house for Alex, but also a new career.
As he breathes new life into the old farm he chances across an unexpected calling: making cheese. His cheeses, Blue Monday, Farleigh Wallop and Little Wallop have received widespread media interest and are now sold through many outlets.
The story culminates with an account of the triumphant reformation of Blur for Glastonbury 2009.
©2012 Alex James (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
An everyday tale of country folk, and a middle-aged pop star adapting to the rural life. James' narration is sometime difficult to follow, often taking no account of punctuation - but that does not detract from his obvious passion for his farm and all things rural. A charming, gentle tale - well worth a listen!
I've listened to many, many audio books but never felt compelled to write a reviw - until now. Beautifully written and narrated - the words flow, the images are conjured & life is good ! This could become a blueprint for living the dream..........
"I had never heard of this guy"
I like books read by the author. This one is a pleasure. Sweet, simple and genuine.
"Love listening to this book"
This is one of my favourite audiobooks.
Alex James has a beautiful voice and British accent. Seems as though he is always optimistic and takes joy in everything he sees and experiences.
Beautiful, melodic descriptions of farm life....food, plants, animals....even piles of poop.
Chapter 7.....great descriptions of what music means to him.
fantastic farming insite
Showed how hard it is to be a farmer, and how valuable our food is, and how much work actually goes into producing quality food.
My wife and I added this to one our top 20 books of all time.
"great story, but I'll read it insead"
If you're into the City Mouse that became a Country Mouse through naiveté and mishap (which I am) this is a great one for the genre.
However, I couldn't finish listening. I really tried. Perhaps it's because I just finished a Neil Gaiman book with his lullaby English accent that made this listen so tough. Or perhaps it's because I normally listen at 1.25-1.40 and I had to turn this down to 1.0. I'm definitely going to read this with my eyes, if not with my ears.
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