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  • By r.still
    Jun 9, 2012
    Review of ‘The Farmer’s Boy’ ‘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... More > the relaxed and friendly 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 Richard Still 6/12/11< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
May 1, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.73 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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