The Farmer’s Year by Clare Leighton
“No-one in our time has better succeeded in presenting the noble massiveness and breadth of life on the earth on a scale so grand.” Eric Gill
In the early 1930s, as the world was gripped by the Great Depression, the artist Clare Leighton began work on a sequence of wood engravings depicting traditional farming in England over the course of a year. Already established as one of the most innovative engravers of her time, Leighton was encouraged to write a series of sketched to illustrate each of the twelve engravings. The result was The Farmer’s Year, the first book that Leighton wrote, illustrated and designed and remains her most celebrated work, a unique and beautiful record of the toil and triumphs of farm workers before the Second World War.
Paperback with flaps, 64 pages
Size: 285 x 245 mm
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About Little Toller Books
Toller n river valley in West Dorset. Recorded in the Domesday
survey as Tolre, derived from a Celtic word for stream in a hollow valley.
Little Toller Books was born in 2008 as an imprint of the Dovecote Press, a family-run publishing company that has specialised in books about rural life and local history since 1974. Little Toller was started with a singular purpose: to revive forgotten and classic books about nature and rural life in the British Isles.
The success of Little Toller’s Nature Classics has enabled it to grow into an independent publisher, attuned to writers and artists who seek inventive ways to reconnect us with the natural world and to celebrate the places we live in.