Originally published in 1979, All Around the Year is a diary following a year at Parsonage Farm, a mixed farm in Devon, close to Dartmoor. The book documented a way of life unchanged for centuries, but which was already remote to most people. In All Around the Year, Morpurgo revealed the daily hardships and rewards of such a life. The accompanying poems were written by Ted Hughes as diary accounts of events on his own farm, not far from Iddesleigh. When Michael and Clare were putting together All Around the Year, they seemed a natural fit with the text and photographs. The book is illustrated with the photographs of James Ravilious from the Beaford Archive. The book has a new introduction by the prize-winning author Katherine Rundell.
Michael Morpurgo (born 1943) is a prize-winning author of books for children, including War Horse and Private Peaceful. From 2003-2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role he conceived with Ted Hughes. With his wife, Clare, he founded the charity Farms for City Children.
Katherine Rundell is an English author and academic. She is the author of Rooftoppers, which in 2015 won both the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story, and was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal.
James Ravilious was the son of the artist Eric Ravilious. His beautiful black and white photographs for the Beaford Archive captured rural life in Devon.
Ted Hughes was a poet and translator, who was Poet Laureate for fourteen years. His work was often inspired by the natural world around Devon.