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Till the Cows Come Home

A Lancashire Childhood
By: Sara Cox
Narrated by: Sara Cox
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

A funny and heartwarming love letter to childhood, family and growing up.  

Till the Cows Come Home is DJ and TV presenter Sara Cox's wonderfully written, funny coming-of-age memoir of growing up in 1980s Lancashire.  

The youngest of five siblings, Sara grew up on her father's cattle farm surrounded by dogs, cows, horses, fields and lots of 'cack'. The lanky kid sister - half girl, half forehead - a nuisance to the older kids, the farm was her very own dangerous adventure playground, 'a Bolton version of Narnia'.    

Her writing conjures up a time of wagon rides and haymaking and agricultural shows alongside chain-smoking pensioners, cabaret nights at the Conservative club and benign parenting. Sara's love of family, of the animals and the people around them, shines through. Unforgettable characters are lovingly and expertly drawn, bringing to life a time and place.    

Sara later divided her childhood days between the beloved farm and the pub she lived above with her mother. These early experiences of freedom and adventure came to be the perfect training ground for later life.  

This funny, big-hearted and often moving telling of Sara Cox's semirural upbringing is not what you'd expect from the original ladette and one of radio's most enduring and well-loved presenters.  

©2019 Sara Cox (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A great read!

Absolutely Loved it! Brought back so many memories of my own, especially the Glades & RAOB, nice one Sara :)

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Funny, charming and well written!

This is a brilliant book, one that had me laughing out loud on the train and once I started I couldn't put down. Great stories of growing up on the farm and above a pub. Makes it clear why Sara is still such a down to earth and grounded person. She has a great writing style, really helping you visualise the story through her detailed and amusing descriptions. I highly recommend this book!

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Awesome, Sarah rocks 😊🤗😊

A must read / listen, loved it from start to finish, Sarah is amazing, fact 🤗

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charming

A charmingly honest account of growing up as a farmers daughter in Bolton, and ultimately becoming the witty, honest Sara Cox we know today, this book on paper is good, but heard in Sara's on words is fantastic.

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AMAZING!!

This book was so close to home, from living on a farm as a youngster then moving above a pub myself. Even down to personality, and owning a horse called muffin. I hope there’s a part two

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Involuntary Abs Workout

I should have a six pack after listening to Sara narrate her own book. Never before have my stomach abs involuntary contracted, literally with humour punching storytelling at it’s finest. Thank You Sara for sharing

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Fantastic!!

Such a heart-warming tale, full of humour but also poignant moments. Sara Cox at her best! I absolutely loved it!!

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A lovely read.

Loved this book, mirrored my own upbringing so much. Enjoyed listening to it on my daily lockdown walks. Thank you Sarah.

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An easy 'must' read!

Sara shares her story as if you were together at the kitchen table or in the Pineapple. Funny, heartwarming and a lovely listen.

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Absolutely Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant the best book ever and brilliantly read by Sara I would recommend you read or listen to it