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Summary

21st-Century Yokel explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It's not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all six. It contains owls, badgers, ponies, beavers, otters, bats, bees, scarecrows, dogs, ghosts and yes, even a few cats. What emerges from this are themes that are broader, bigger and more definitive.

©2017 Tom Cox (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Another great book from Tom Cox

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My New Year resolution was to stop listening to the Today programme in the morning as it just wound me up for the rest of the day. This audiobook was the perfect antidote. Gentle tales of walks, folklore and family. Having Tom reading it brought the book to life, particularly the LOUD DAD sections. Didn’t want it to end.

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wonderful book perfectly suited to audio format.

wonderful, nostalgic book perfectly suited to audio book format. read by the author. highly recommended.

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Adored every moment

Simply adored every moment of this and will certainly listen again.
Tom speaks with such humour and warmth about nature, the British countryside, family, friends ...and cats.
It's the equivalent of, in audio book from, of a long walk in the country followed by curling up in your favourite armchair with hot chocolate, cheese on toast, a dog at your feet and a cat on your lap.

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Best book of the 21st Century

I’m sad, no the book didn’t make me sad. I’m sad now I’ve finished the book as I feel like I’ve lost a good friend.
If you like nature, random stories, people falling out of trees and sheep then this is the book for you!

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Hugely enjoyable

I loved reading the book, and hearing it in Tom Cox's voice somehow adds another layer of enjoyment to it.
Recommended if you like any or all of: walking, nature, the sort of conversations that start on one topic and manage to cover lots of seemingly unrelated issues, lynx-related hypothetical mild peril.

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Just wonderful

Loved his style of narration, laconic and down to earth. He is such a good observer and writer. Didn't want it to end.

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Excellent book

The only book for a long while that has actually made me laugh out loud. Brilliantly written, funny and nicely narrated.

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variously interesting and funny and then very dull with extremely lengthy monologues on the nature of the author's cats... not a bad book, but definitely more for crazy cat people than the general listener. a trudge to listen to from about half way through. I stopped listening altogether with almost two hours left. I'm just not that interested or invested in the lives of random people's cats.

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Brilliant

Not at all what I expected but I’m n a good way. Loved Tom’s narration- hilarious 😂

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  • 22-07-18

Excellent book

I’ve just finished this, and I’m sad that it’s done. Wonderful stories of trees, walks, cats, swimming, family, and finding one’s place in the world.

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  • Katharine R. Brown
  • 09-10-19

An engaging storyteller!

I love Tom Cox's books and this was no exception. It was wonderful to hear his stories and musings in his own voice, and his impressions of the other folks, especially LOUD DAD, drew me in to this place so far away from my American southwest in so many ways. I am hoping to hear Tom read his Help The Witch and Ring The Hill soon!

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  • julie
  • 12-05-19

Absolutely endearing

Tom is insightful, illustrative, and paints an intricately detailed picture of the natural world he adores. His writing communicates how the landscape influences his thinking, while also giving an excellent sales pitch for getting out and experiencing the outdoors in general. If you live somewhere that the great outdoors doesn’t color your world much, this book is a good primer as to why others love it so much. Likewise, if you spend time bonding with the landscape, climates, and wildlife where you live, you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement with tom quite often. Witty, humorous, and honest in his expression of personal points of view - does not disappoint. I find myself upping the level of my own mental narrative after reading one of tom’s descriptive and insightful books, too.

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  • allison
  • 02-04-19

a wonderful collection of thoughts and musings.

listening to Tom stories is like sitting down to a cup of tea with a good friend and catching up. listening was delightful and endearing, and I will definitely be listening to this one over and over again.