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Summary

Ever dream of packing up and escaping to a simpler life on the land, just the Cornish landscape and a few cows and goats rising up to greet you each day? 

When Rosanne and her husband left city life for the Cornwall idyll they knew little of farming, the seasons and milking, but over time they found their way, rising to each new challenge and embracing all that the land gave them.

Growing Goats and Girls lovingly and invitingly charts the rural, hardworking and joyfully haphazard lives of Rosanne and her husband as they escape London to live off the land.

In their tumbled-down farmhouse in Cornwall, they learn to rear goats, chickens, cows, bees - and two children - get to grips with unruly machinery and cantankerous farmers and chart the changing seasons in glorious countryside over 30 years.

Heart-warming and uplifting in its celebration of the simple things, this earthy portrait of life on the land taps in to our collective imagination. After all, who hasn't dreamed of new beginnings, escaping into nature and living more simply.

Growing Goats and Girls reminds us to appreciate the fleeting, timeless moments of beauty, nature and the simple comforts of family life.

©2020 Rosanne Hodin (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Critic reviews

"A delightful and funny memoir of her family's crazy life in the English countryside. Perfect escapist reading for these locked-down times." (Salman Rushdie)

 

"A gem...A heart-warming memoir of moving to the glorious Cornish countryside and taking up farming is the perfect antidote to city life." (Nikola Scott) 

"A total joy...enchanting, hilarious and vivid...Beautifully written, richly informative..." (Liz Calder) 

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Entertaining and informative - but no storyline

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook because it was well read and because I am interested in the topic of self-sufficiency. The only problem with this book is that there was no storyline. Each of the many chapters consists of a dozen different stories (like diary entries) but there was no linking or flow - no explanation of time scale or background or emotion.
Nevertheless I did enjoy listening and would recommend it to others.

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