News from Somewhere
News from Somewhere tells the story of a philosopher's attempt to settle in rural Wiltshire.
In a style that is both deeply felt and full of humour, Roger Scruton describes the people and animals around his farm, the condition of rural society, the impact of recent disasters, the eccentric pursuits and hard-won consolations of the English yeoman farmer and the joy and vitality that constantly break through the clouds of grief. This book draws on the author's much-praised accounts of rural life in the national press and presents a challenge to those who claim to solve the problems of farmers by dictating to them from city offices. It explores the changing face of rural England with sympathy for its residents, respect for their way of life and subdued anger at the crazy impediments placed in their way by Westminster and Brussels. Its evocative prose is a testimony to the lasting significance of the English countryside and of the culture that has been inscribed in it. Everyone who is concerned for our rural heritage will learn from this vivid description of the people on whom it depends.
Professor Roger Scruton was formerly Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London and now works full time as an author and journalist. He is the author of many outstanding books, including Elegy for England and On Hunting.
Foot and Mouth; Poachers;
What Farmers Want;
The Liberal Curse