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Coleshill
     

Coleshill

by Fiona Sampson
 

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Coleshill, a nineteenth-century model village on the borders of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, is a microcosm of contemporary rural life. It includes organic dairy herds, prairie fields, community-owned windmills, lovingly-tended vegetable gardens, lamping for hares, a shoot, a Peace Fete, a Neolithic hill fort, a nursery school, a pub and just about

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Coleshill, a nineteenth-century model village on the borders of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, is a microcosm of contemporary rural life. It includes organic dairy herds, prairie fields, community-owned windmills, lovingly-tended vegetable gardens, lamping for hares, a shoot, a Peace Fete, a Neolithic hill fort, a nursery school, a pub and just about the same number of inhabitants — two hundred, give or take a newborn — that it had in the Domesday book.

At the same time its countryside still offers our best chance of observing the natural world. Three different species of ladybird co-exist on a house wall, and the first lapwings return; a spring shifting in the limestone water-table floods the lane, and buzzards nest in the beech trees on Kings Hill.

Coleshill explores the village as both community and place. Starting with a "braid" of poems about the genetic bond between all members of every human group, it then launches into a series of portraits of the members of the village community. Each speaks for him or herself — we eavesdrop on their inner lives as they worry, fall asleep, mourn, plan, flirt and work. The book ends with a sequence of sonnets about the place itself.

Coleshill follows the cycle of a year and creates a meditative portrait of real life in the country, bringing the people living there to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780701186470
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

FIONA SAMPSON was first a concert violinist, then studied at the Universities of Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize, and Nijmegen, where she received a PhD in the philosophy of language. Her most recent publications are Common Prayer and Rough Music (Carcanet) (shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, poem short-listed for a Forward Prize), and Beyond the Lyric. She contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Independent, The Irish Times, TLS and other periodicals, as well as to BBC R4's The Verb.

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