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Countryfile: Adam's Farm : My Life on the Land

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In 2001, Adam Henson was chosen from 3,500 applicants to become a presenter on Countryfile. Adam's agricultural knowledge and open manner soon made him a popular figure and when the programme moved to its current Sunday evening slot in 2009, he began to present a weekly report from his own farm in the Cotswolds. There, the ups and downs of the farming calendar, as told in Adam's straight-talking fashion, soon became one of the most popular parts of the programme as viewers watched him endure the stress of TB testing and his sadness at losing valuable cattle as well as the highs of spring lambing. This is the first book by Adam Henson, and it is an enthralling, first-person account of the drama, emotion and sheer hard work that is life on Adam's Farm.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 34mm | 621.42g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • BBC BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849900701
  • 9781849900706
  • 47,596

About Adam Henson

Adam Henson presents Adam's Farm on Countryfile from his 650-hectare farm. Having studied Agriculture at college, Adam took over Bemborough Farm from his father. The management of this 650-ha farm includes commercial sheep, wheat, spring barley and oilseed rape but also includes the UK's leading rare breed collection. Cotswold Farm Park (www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk) attracts over 70,000 visitors a year and also loans its sheep, cows, pigs and oxen to film sets and advertisements. Adam presents Lambing Live with Kate Humble, writes for Countryfile magazine and has appeared on Radio 4's On Your Farm and Farming Today. He has a long heritage in TV - his father, Joe Henson, presented Animal Magic with Johnny Morris, his grandfather, Leslie, was a comedian and his uncle, Nicky Henson, has appeared in Faulty Towers and Inspector Morse.show more

Flap copy

Adam Henson is the best-known farmer in the UK. After 8 years as a roving presenter on Britain's most watched countryside show, Countryfile, he now presents his own section of the programme from his farm every Sunday. But after the TV crews leave, Adam returns to the job he loves most - working the land and looking after his livestock. This book is a searchingly honest account of the highs and lows of a year of life on the farm. It begins with the joy of new life - lambs in March. But the constant battle against TB is always at the forefront of Adam's mind - a positive test could mean the slaughter of his animals and financial disaster. And as a promising spring turns into a wet summer, Adam falls behind with his harvest and the year begins to look more grim. Adam inherited not just the farm from his father, Joe, but also his passion for farming. Imagination is essential for the farm's survival and Adam has many an entertaining tale as he explores new sources of income. He explains his commitment to rescuing breeds from extinction, the aspect of the farm that is perhaps closest to his heart, as well as the money-spinning work of hiring oxen out to film directors and training pigs to sit on Hollywood stars. Life on the land is unpredictable, emotional and varied, but never dull, and in this frank book, Adam shows us what a farmer's life is really like.show more

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Life doesn't get much better than this. I'm standing on one of the highest points of my farm on the top of the Cotswold hills, the first rays of spring sunshine beating down on me. The field is empty save for half a dozen of my favourite sheep - the black-faced Norfolk Horn and the shaggy Cotswold Lion. At my feet is Maude, my top sheepdog and a constant companion for 11 years. OK, so not every day is like this. The sun isn't always shining and the work can break both your back and your heart, but I wouldn't change it for the world. This place is in my blood and I'd be lost without it. My name is Adam and this is my story.show more

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