|Janet White. Colin Thubron, intro.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||288 / 2019|
As a child in wartime England, Janet White decided that she wanted to leave behind her comfortable middle-class life in England and live somewhere wild and supremely beautiful, to inhabit and work the landscape. She imagined searching the whole world for a place, quiet as a monastery, untouched and unknown. In this lyrical 1991 memoir, White describes how she followed her ambition to be a farmer, from her first job as a dairymaid to owning her own sheep farm on a remote island in New Zealand.
"White's unfailingly enjoyable book ... taps into a widespread feeling that we have become cut off from the natural world.... An evocative picture of a life adapted to seasonal rhythms."— Times Literary Supplement (London)