Friday, 14 March 2008

The Magic Apple Tree

'...I had experienced a growing discontent and dissatisfaction with town life. I seemed to be only skimming the surface of things, to be cramped and hurried and tense, I noticed the smell of the traffic more....I longed for more space around me, for growing things and time and all the sounds and scents of the natural world on my doorstep...'

I first discovered this enchanting book when I read an extract in the January issue of Country Living magazine. They published 'The Village In Winter' and it was beautifully illustrated by Lucy Grossmith.

When I realized that it was from Susan Hill's book, I decided to track down a copy. I found that the local library did not have it, nor did Amazon. I struck lucky when I tried The Book Depository and ordered a copy. For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Book Depository, you may be interested to learn that they offer free shipping worldwide. I love their service, which is prompt and efficient and there is no minimum order to claim free shipping.

The excerpt that I quoted mirrors my feelings so well that I could have written it myself. Although I have lived in towns and cities for most of life, I still yearn for the countryside: fresh air, peace and quiet. I'm definitely a country girl at heart.

Until such a time as I am able to fulfil my dream of living in the country and hopefully by the sea, I can dip into Susan's book and savour her story of a year, as seen from her cottage.

Obviously, I am not alone in enjoying this book: in the twenty-five years since it was first published, it has never been out of print.