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The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food

Biography / Memoir

By: John Lewis-Stempel

304 pages, a dozen b/w line + map

Black Swan

Paperback | Mar 2010 | #185624 | ISBN-13: 9780552774604
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Hardback | May 2009 | #181129 | ISBN-13: 9780385613903
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About this book

Walking around his Herefordshire farm one October, John Lewis-Stempel saw a trout flash in the brook, mushrooms sprinkle the fields, a squirrel eat hazelnuts, and thought: Wouldn't it be wonderful if one could live just on what Nature provided for free? "The Wild Life" is John's account of twelve months eating only food shot, caught or foraged from the fields, hedges, copse and brook of his forty-acre farm. Nothing from a shop and nothing raised from agriculture. Could it even be done?

John takes the reader on a Thoreau-esque journey through a landscape that is true England as he uncovers the ancient past of his five-hundred-year-old farm and the startling symmetries between his life now and that of the farm's peasant founders. Lyrical, observant and sometimes mordantly funny, "The Wild Life" is an extraordinary celebration of our natural heritage. And a testament to the importance of getting back to one's roots - spiritually and practically.

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In 1996 John Lewis-Stempel convinced his London-born wife to up sticks from the city and move to Herefordshire where his family have lived for five centuries. As well as hunting for wild food, he farms cattle and sheep. He is also the author of a number of books, including the recent The Autobiography of the British Soldier, reviewed by the Daily Express as 'What a book. Five stars'. He has two children.

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