The Decline of an English Village - Robin PageBarton: Bird's Farm Books, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly.
Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white drawings;
From the cover: “When The Decline of an English Village was first published in 1974 its appearance was greeted with immediate critical acclaim. As a young writer, born and bred in the village that he saw in decline, Robin Page’s message struck both a chord, and sounded a warning. Praise was universal: ‘A social document relevant to the whole of the English countryside’, wrote The Times Literary Supplement. According to Ronald Blythe in The Countryman it was ‘An elegy, nothing more or less. He writes openly, knowledgeably and accusingly’.
Now, after thirty years of continuing change The Decline of an English Village reappears with a new and devastating Epilogue; greed, political ineptitude, as well as social and environmental indifference are exposed as the forces driving the wheels of present-day change.
In those thirty years Robin Page has become a thorn in the side of the farming and political Establishments, and he has even been ostracised by the BBC for his trouble; they will not appreciate the reappearance of this important book.
But a new generation will welcome The Decline; in his Foreword Zac Goldsmith writes: ‘Reading it changed my view of the world’.
The jacket of the original book states: This is a partisan book, by a countryman, written with regret for the passing of places and people for whom time had little significance. But, as Page demonstrates, the people still survive, tied by the roots of an ancient existence the Secret People of G. K. Chesterton’s famous lines, ‘that never have spoken yet’. Robin Page has spoken for them. With this new edition of The Decline of an English Village he continues to speak for them.”