A Country Pillow Book
A unique six-year compilation of British rural news, interspersed with the author's own observations on birds, mammals, fish, and aspects of Britain's countryside today. Most rural subjects are covered in a comprehensive snapshot of country life at the start of the new Millenium. From December 1999 to February 2006, scores of different issues are compressed into hundreds of bite-sized, easily digested articles. From angling to animal rights campaigns, foxhunting to farming, game shooting to wildlife conservation, a diverse collection of views, comment and advice is presented. The batty and the bizarre also get a look-in, as do the controversial and the downright crazy. With its packed pages, A Country Pillow Book could become a bedside companion for the rural researcher or a useful tool for the country-loving insomniac.
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A COUNTRY PILLOW BOOK - review by Eifion Rees, Shooting Times and Country magazine. SLEEPYHEADS be warned: this is more book than pillow. David Kavanagh has had a busy few years with scissors and glue putting together this compilation of his own rural news stories.Originally published on his countryside website, this selection of rural cuttings is speckled with comment and anecdote from its author, a journalist for whom the delights of the countryside consists in its being a million miles away from the madness of modern life. A Country Pillow Book is the ideal read for the literary toe-dipper, the bathroom bibliophile and the heavy-lidded lethargist.Pick your chosen specialised subject from its voluminous index, flick to the corresponding page and tuck into snippets both informative and entertaining, such as sightings near the Forest of Dean of a hairy beast that may or may not have been a black panther, sightings in various bluebell woods of a hairy beast that may or may not have been Brian Blessed, ostensibly doing PR work for The Woodland Trust; goat racing in Shropshire and the harassment of marine wildlife by surfers off Godrevy Island in Cornwall.The weird and wonderful are merely the tip of this impressive iceberg, however. Big enough to sink the Titanic thrice over, frozen within it is evidence of the state of the countryside at the turn of the millennium, a time capsule for the future.