What does it take to make a living from the land in modern Britain?
For many of us, Britain is countryside - drystone walls, stiles, sheep on a distant hillside. But farmers themselves often remain a mystery: familiar but unpredictable, a secretive industry still visible from space. Who are these people who shape our countryside and put food on our tables? And what does it take to pull a life out of earth?
From fruit farmers to fallen stock operators, from grassy uplands to polytunnels, Bella Bathurst journeys through Britain to talk to those on the far side of the fence. As farmers find themselves torn between time-honoured methods and modern appetites, these shocking, raw, wise and funny accounts will open out a way of life now changing beyond recognition.
Bella Bathurst is a writer and photojournalist. Her books include The Lighthouse Stevensons and Sound, Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. Her books have won or been shortlisted for several awards including the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger. She lives on a farm in Wales.