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100 1 _aCox, Tom
245 1 _a21st-Century yokel /
_cTom Cox.
260 _aLondon :
300 _a404 p. ;
_c24 cm
505 _a1. Witches' knickers -- 2. Woffal -- 3. Two otters, seven beavers, two rivers and a Lynx -- 4. The hillocks have eyes -- 5. World turned upside down -- 6. The best waves -- 7. Full jackdaw -- 8. Boats against the current -- 9. Black dog -- 10.
520 _a21st-Century Yokel explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It's not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all six. It contains owls, badgers, ponies, beavers, otters, bats, bees, scarecrows, dogs, ghosts, Tom's loud and excitable dad and, yes, even a few cats. It's full of Devon's local folklore - the ancient kind, and the everyday kind - and provincial places and small things. But what emerges from this focus on the small are themes that are broader and bigger and more definitive. The book's language is colloquial and easy and its eleven chapters are discursive and wide-ranging, rambling even. The feel of the book has a lot in common with the country walks Tom Cox was on when he composed much of it: it's bewitched by fresh air, intrepid in minor ways, haunted by weather and old stories and the spooky edges of the outdoors, restless, sometimes foolish, and prone to a few detours... but it always reaches its intended destination. The book is illustrated with Tom's own landscape photographs and linocuts by his mother.
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_aEnglish essays
_y21st century.
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