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The Sty's the Limit Audiobook

The Sty's the Limit: When Middle Age Gets Mucky

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Publisher's Summary

Following a drunken misunderstanding, Simon Dawson gave up his job in the city, moved to the wilds of Exmoor and became an accidental self-sufficient smallholder with an array of animals. But that was years ago now.

Following up on his first book, Pigs in Clover, this is the story of what happens when he suddenly realises that his life is changing all over again. He's not quite the spring chicken that he used to be: he is, horror of horrors, getting older.

With a cast of best friends (some more helpful than others) including Ziggy, a panicked soon-to-be father desperate to grow up; Garth, an annoying teenager; and a rather handsome pig called The General, a plan is hatched to help each other mature (or immature).

Heartfelt discoveries and hilarious endeavours ensue as they work through their age-related angsts, all with a fair dose of pigs, chickens, lambs and animal madness along the way. This is Exmoor's uplifting, laugh-out-loud antidote to middle age in the mud - a place where you truly realise that the sty's the limit!

©2015 Simon Dawson (P)2016 Soundings Ltd

What the Critics Say

"An amazing story of love, laughter and the challenges of living from the land.... Simon's self-sufficient rural life is an inspiration to us all." (Ben Fogle)

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    Laugh, cry & cringe is what I did throughout this book and loved every minute. I didn't want to put it down and I didn't want it to end.

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    stella Nottingham, United Kingdom 16/06/2016
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    I love these books, fantastic read , I have even started making soap and jam!!!

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    A.Connor 29/05/2016
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    "not nearly as good.."

    book 1 'Pigs in Clover' is superb.

    book 2 'Sty's the Limit' feels stretched, creating a story from not a great deal much more; lots of repetition from book 1

    absolutely loved 1, would not recommend 2

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    Mr William Dewar 01/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Epilogue confession"
    Would you try another book written by Simon Dawson or narrated by Ben Allen?

    Initially I really enjoyed this book and the previous one, however the confession in the epilogue of this book spoiled everything for me. I would not try another 'real life' story but may consider pure fiction.

    Ben Allen's narration was very good.


    What was most disappointing about Simon Dawson’s story?

    The confession about certain characters in the epilogue.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Allen – was your favourite?

    Ben Allen played the 'teenager' very well.


    What character would you cut from The Sty's the Limit?

    The ones affected by the confession in the epilogue


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    "Love this author & book!"

    I was surprised at how thoroughly entertaining I found this memoir, which details Simon and Debbie Dawson's life on a 20-acre "smallholding" in rural Exmoor in the UK. The narration is flawless, the anecdotes humorous, and the story itself more complex than expected.

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