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The Hired Lad

by Ian Campbell Thomson

£8.99

226 in stock

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ISBN: 9781912476701
Published: 01 Aug 2019
Format: Paperback
Extent: 176
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Origin
Categories:
Local history
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About the Book

Ian Campbell Thomson relives his time as a young farmworker on a Stirlingshire farm after the Second World War. It is a touching coming-of-age tale as the author makes new friends and experiences romance while finding his own way in an ever-changing world with the passing of age-old country ways, as technology begins to replace traditional farming methods.

The book is dedicated to Donald and Blossom, the magnificent pair of Clydesdale horses with which he ploughed, until the sad day when they were replaced by a smart Fordson tractor. Of those early times he writes: ‘I often wondered how far I walked in a day behind the plough. My guess was somewhere between 12 and 15 miles ... the words “the ploughman homeward wends his weary way” just about sums up the end of the day trudge back to the farm, with darkness closing in and the stable work to be done.’

Peopled with memorable characters including the hard-working ‘boss’, and the wise Aunt Kit, this is a unique tribute, full of humour and nostalgia, to a disappearing culture.


The Author

Ian Campbell Thomson

Ian Campbell Thomson was brought up in Scotland. He was a bothy-dwelling farmworker for nine years, followed by college on a scholarship and work as a farm manager in Surrey. This led to farming a small holding in Devon and, finally, to Zambia, building a sow unit and growing maize and sunflowers. Now retired, he lives in Oxfordshire.