Old MacDonald had a farm…

These words came to mind when I started reading Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography Of Lord Greystoke by Philip Jose Farmer

Our five featured books to do with farming are:

The Celebration Husband by Maya Alexandri: Baronness Tanya von Brantburg and Malena Holmberg become responsible for the running of their farms when their husbands enlist with the British forces fighting in World War 1 Africa. Maya eloquently captures some of the challenges these settler-farmer women faced whilst their menfolk were away.

Billy’s War Journal 1942-1943 by Ray Wooster: In part 2 of this trilogy, our young heroes Billy and John take to farming on Drover’s Farm where two women have decided to remain on their farm rather than have it destroyed pending German occupation of the Guildford area.

Potholes Pigs and Paradise by Edwina Hall moves into the realm of non-fiction and the post World War 2 era. It is a moving read of how Edwina and her war-injured pilot husband survive the hard years of the 1940s and 1950s.

Farmer Jane by Temra Costa which tells of 30 women who are bringing about “change by farming, educating, advocating, and/or transforming how we eat through their food businesses.”

And a book which has stood the test of time since being published: Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Finally, as a bonus The Guardian‘s Belinda McKeon shares her top 10 farm reads
And a poem entitled Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry

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