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bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Joan Kent?  Reply with quote

Joan Kent. Author.
A few months ago, I bought three books from a second hand book shop situated in the North Wales town of Llangollen. I love books, love bargains and they were cheap.
One of them was enticingly titled 'Binder Twine and Rabbit Stew' and I couldn't resist not getting it. It was by an author who I'd not heard of before and her name was Joan Kent.
I finally got around to reading the book this week and I instantly fell in love with it. The author has filled it with her memories of being a young girl on her parents small Kentish farm. She takes us to times before, during and after the Second World War and transports us there with a series of short complete stories.
If like me you can remember when the threshing machines still visited the farms and you yearn for times when the countryside was a quieter more sedate place and old farming ways were the norm rather than a museum re-enactment, then you'll love this book.
Anyway, I enjoyed sharing Joans memories so much, that last night I invested the princely sum of 8.19 p and bought the other three books that of hers that I've managed to find for sale on line.
Titles to captivate.
Hay Wains and Cherry Ale
Lamplight on Cottage Loaves
Wood Smoke and Pigeon Pie
I'll let you know how I get on with them but if they're anything like Binder Twine and Rabbit Stew, then I'm in for a treat that I can hardly wait for
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds like you have some good reading a head. are they paper or hard backs? any pictures/plates in them?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're all hard backs.
I only have the one book so far ( the others were ordered last night) but the one I have only has some small line drawings.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers bodger, i will search for a copy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This fore would on the inside cover of 'Binder Twine and Rabbit Stew' gives an excellent idea of what the books are about and shows why I can't wait for the postman to deliver the other three books in the series. ........................ Joan Kent, author of Wood Smoke & Pigeon Pie, Hay Wains & Cheery Ale and Lamplight on Cottage Loaves takes us back not to a bucolic paradise, but to a hard- working closely knit community with a strong set of values and a rich sense of humour. In the tradition of H.E Bates's irrepressible Larkin family, 'Miss Read' and Hannah Hauxwell's country life, it is a nostalgia in which we can all share, for the way of life described in this book has disappeared forever, with a consequent loss to us all.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

samuria wrote:
cheers bodger, i will search for a copy
myself


They're all here.

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servle...an+kent&tn=&kn=&isbn=
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Rick & Carol



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just bought a copy of hay wains and cherry ale - it sounds up my alley.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just bought 2 books
binder twine +rabbit stew.
wood smoke & pigeon pie.
just to a wait the postie now
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Join the club, I'm waiting too.

A friend who knows that I like these sort of books has suggested that I should also try AG Street (Farmers Glory; Strawberry Roan; The Endless Harvest; The Gentleman at the Party etc) and John Moore who writes about rural life in Tewkesbury (Elmbury) and Bredon (Brensham).  
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well my books arrived on monday....
they look like new..will have to find a quite moment to start reading...
don't know which one  to start with
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just finished Hay Wains & Cherry Ale. Very good & it'll go in our little spare room library for guests now. I have to confess there were two parts in the book that had me filling up & that don't often happen!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what you mean.

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