21st-Century Yokel

21st-Century Yokel

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'Glorious - funny and wry and wise, and utterly its own lawmaker' Robert Macfarlane

'A rich, strange, oddly glorious brew' Guardian

Longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2018

21st-Century Yokel is not quite nature writing, not quite a family memoir, not quite a book about walking, not quite a collection of humorous essays, but a bit of all five.

Thick with owls and badgers, oak trees and wood piles, scarecrows and ghosts, and Tom Cox's loud and excitable dad, this book is full of the folklore of several counties - the ancient kind and the everyday variety - as well as wild places, mystical spots and curious objects. Emerging from this focus on the detail are themes that are broader and bigger and more important than ever.

Tom's writing treads a new path, one that has a lot in common with a rambling country walk; it's bewitched by fresh air and big skies, intrepid in minor ways, haunted by weather and old stories and the spooky edges of the outdoors, restless and prone to a few detours, but it always reaches its destination in the end.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 34mm | 662.24g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783524561
  • 9781783524563
  • 162,205

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"A wonderful, witty and moving collection of essays that, together, meander somewhere between nature writing, memoir and quiet polemic. As ever, Tom Cox’s musing and meditations are profound and playful; reflective and seriously readable, riffing on the difficulties of locating bat detectors in Argos one moment and painting heartbreaking eulogies to his Nan the next. A storyteller in entrancing form."
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'A rich, strange, oddly glorious brew' Guardian

'[An] entertaining walk through English folklore ... he keeps us with him for the whole journey' Observer

'Like a British David Sedaris dedicated to a rural way of life, Tom Cox crafts funny and poignant stories out of observations and interactions - except his observations are of trees and his interactions are with squirrels' A.V. Club
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About Tom Cox

Tom Cox lives in Somerset. He is the author of, among others, the Sunday Times bestselling The Good, The Bad and The Furry and the William Hill Sports Book longlisted Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia. Help the Witch, his first collection of short stories, was published in 2018.@cox_tom
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732 ratings
4.29 out of 5 stars
5 48% (349)
4 38% (275)
3 12% (88)
2 2% (12)
1 1% (8)
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