The Farmer's Boy

eBook (PDF), 186 Pages
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This is the memoir of a child growing up in England at war. Life on a small farm in Sussex was full of the beauties of the countryside; though it was peopled not only with all the rural characters - farmers and labourers, stockmen and squires, but also with poachers and poisoners, bobbies, blacksmiths, charcoal burners, pedlars, and maybe arsonists too. In the background, this was a countryside peopled with soldiers from many parts, tanks, Bren gun carriers, military convoys, and aria-singing prisoners. Overhead the Spitfires and the Hurricanes of the RAF battled with the Luftwaffe, and Typhoons practised the dangerous art of nudging Flying Bombs back towards the Channel. Life at a tough sports-mad public school on the coast was more to be endured than enjoyed. But a menace threatened from an unexpected quarter, which should have existed for our protection. It slowly became clear that our farm was fighting against the threat of intentional ruin.
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  • By r.still
    Dec 8, 2011
    ‘The Farmer’s Boy’ is a story of growing up in Sussex during World War II, and in the post war period. An idyllic early childhood on a small farm in the heart of the Sussex Weald was followed by time at a tough public school, and thereafter training and apprenticeship for a scientific career I shared a very similar childhood to the author; also enjoying happy early years on a small Sussex farm, and enduring the same arduous public school life (even in the same House!). I can vouch for the accuracy of the background to his vivid recollections of landscape, events and characters on the farm and at school. The early years on the family farm are described in a series of delightful vignettes and, at Eastbourne College, he took advantage of the opportunities provided by the School to develop the interests that have been of lasting importance to him – Science, Singing, and Sailing. Needing more A Levels he moved on to Brighton Technical College, where he enjoyed the relaxed and friendly... More > atmosphere and the high standards of teaching, eventually leaving with a degree. From there he describes the early stages of his very successful scientific career But at the same time as Robin was growing up, his father was experiencing the tragic disintegration of his farming enterprise, and his personal ruin as the result of the recurring incidence of disease in his poultry. The problem was exacerbated by the complete failure of the veterinary authorities to provide any support. Was this due to incompetence, or, possibly, a more sinister motivation? I thoroughly enjoyed this well written record of life as a ‘farmer’s boy’. Robin has an impressive ability to recall key incidents and characters, and a bygone age is vividly depicted< Less
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September 27, 2011
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