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作       者:Tom Fort

出  版  社:Simon & Schuster UK

出版时间:2017-04-06

字       数:49.2万

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`An entertaining book, written with Fort's characteristic conversational style... A real pleasure to read' - BBC Countryfile `Charming...Mr Fort doesn't only focus on the visually delightful in village life, he tells it as it is - without any firm conclusion, possibly, but with cordiality and wit.' - Country Life `A witty, charming and informative book... full of shrewd insights peppered with nostalgia and humour' - Countryside magazine `The headline news is that village life is still alive and well and it is great fun looking for it' - Best of British `A chatty and often amusing summary of his enquiries into twenty-odd English villages... Warm and thoughtful' - The Oldie `A wide-ranging, intelligent and bracingly enjoyable book' - The Literary Review `Timely, myth-busting march through English rural history... this pedal around the parishes is an entertaining and provocative read on a subject close to every English heart.' - The Spectator `Meticulously researched and seasoned with wry humour, this is a perceptive and richly rewarding read' - Mail on Sunday `Tom Fort is one of those delightfully curious sorts of fellow who writes delightfully curious sorts of books about delightfully curious sorts of things... He is - as he admits - no expert, but he certainly has lots of good ideas. The Village News may be a light read but someone in Whitehall should really take it seriously.' - guardian We have lived in villages a long time. The village was the first model for communal living. Towns came much later, then cities. Later still came suburbs, neighbourhoods, townships, communes, kibbutzes. But the village has endured. Across England, modernity creeps up to the boundaries of many, breaking the connection the village has with the land. With others, they can be as quiet as the graveyard as their housing is bought up by city `weekenders', or commuters. The ideal chocolate box image many holidaying to our Sceptred Isle have in their minds eye may be true in some cases, but across the country the heartbeat of the real English village is still beating strongly - if you can find it. To this mission our intrepid historian and travel writer Tom Fort willingly gets on his trusty bicycle and covers the length and breadth of England to discover the essence of village life. His journeys will travel over six thousand years of communal existence for the peoples that eventually became the English. Littered between the historical analysis, will be personal memories from Tom of the village life he remembers and enjoys today in rural Oxfordshire.
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Cover

Dedication

Introduction

Chapter 1. Growing Up

Chapter 2. Long Ago

Chapter 3. Countryside Enclosed

Chapter 4. What Golden Age?

Chapter 5. Common Stream

Chapter 6. The Curse of the Quaint

Chapter 7. Sea Shanty

Chapter 8. Idyll

Chapter 9. Parson Power

Chapter 10. This Sporting Life

Chapter 11. Ancient Records

Chapter 12. Make-believe

Chapter 13. Lark Rising

Chapter 14. Poet’s Eye

Chapter 15. Abandoned

Chapter 16. Village Observed

Chapter 17. High Ideals

Chapter 18. Changing Face

Chapter 19. Lakeland Statesmen

Chapter 20. Swallowed Up

Chapter 21. My Village

Chapter 22. Secrets of Survival

Postscript

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Picture Credits

Index

Copyright

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