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
"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)
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
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.
The confession about certain characters in the epilogue.
Ben Allen played the 'teenager' very well.
The ones affected by the confession in the epilogue
"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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