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Titel: Urban Dreams, Rural Realities: In Pursuit of...
Verlag: Simon & Schuster
Zustand: Near Fine
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine
Signiert: Signed by Author(s)
Auflage: First Edition.
Signed by Author. ~~SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHORS TO FLY-LEAF~~VG+/VG+ 1st edition 1998 Simon and Schuster hardback, unclipped DJ. Some dulling to pages, light edge-rub to DJ, name written neatly to fly-leaf corner, else near fine. Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Signed by Author. ISBN/EAN: 9780684819808. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 039349. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 039349
Inhaltsangabe: Bel Crewe enjoyed a comfortable life in Notting Hill, safe in her world of parties, restaurants and delicatessens. Daniel Butler, her boyfriend, was a freelance journalist disillusioned with city existence. Against her better judgement, and six months pregnant, Crewe agreed to go with him in pursuit of a rural idyll in the wilds of Wales. Told in contrasting voices by each of the pair in turn, this is a humorous account of their first year in the back of beyond. Juxtaposing the fantasy and the reality of an attempt to live "The Good Life", it recalls Crewe's despair at being an hour from the nearest supermarket, and Butler's evangelistic delight at their spartan living conditions and ever-growing menagerie.
Bel and I wrote this in a humorous attempt to counter some of the rosy-tinted guff about the endless joys of ‘downshifting’. In fact swapping urban comforts for rural isolation proves a major culture shock, with Bel particularly depressed by the lack of exotic food and central heating. Meanwhile I am in seventh heaven, living out Quixotic dreams of self-sufficiency. All this leads to understandable arguments and by the time our first child arrives, we are in danger of having little in common. The summer comes to our rescue. Helped by a range of eccentric friends (such as Olek the Polish ad-director, ‘the Major’ and Evan the Poacher), we begin first to survive and later to thrive in this strange new environment. The book is written in diary format and has two ‘voices’ – with Bel’s pessimism/realism countered by my ludicrous optimism. As the story unfolds, our development is charted by the recipes which end each chapter.
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