21st-Century Yokel

By Tom Cox

A nature book, but not quite like any you’ll have read before

Biography | Humour
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Publication date: November 2017

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21st-Century Yokel Collectable

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Two first editions of the hardback (shipped together), plus the ebook.
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Pressed Leaf

A pressed leaf from one of the trees mentioned in the tree chapter on the inside front page of the signed first edition of the hardback with plus the ebook and your name in the back of the book.

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Roscoe Notebook

A customised moleskine notebook with a handprinted linocut on the cover, 9cm by 14cm, unlined pages, with a painting of Roscoe on the front. Plus everything up to the Collectable level.
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Roscoe Lavender Kitten

Hand made, hand screen printed on linen with cotton back, lavender filled, plus everything at the collectable level Only 5 available

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The Plight of the Bumble Bees linoprint

An artist's proof mounted linoprint 'The Plight of the Bumble Bees' of one of Tom's cats made by Tom's mother plus everything at the Collectable level.

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Out Wearing Your Best Tuxedo

Signed and numbered artist's mounted linoprint 'Out Wearing Your Best Tuxedo' plus everything at the Collectable level.

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Hair Salon

Miniature pen and ink with watercolour paintings 11cm x 15cm (postcard size) by Michael Cox plus everything at the Collectable level.
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Tinner's Rabbits (Celtic Hares)

A hand screen printed by artist Jo Cox (image size approx 11cm square, mounted size 23cm) plus everything up to the collectable level Only 2 available

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Landscape Print

A print of one of Tom's landscape photos from the book plus everything at the Collectable level.

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The Tickling to Death of Jesus

Miniature pen and ink with watercolour paintings 11cm x 15cm (postcard size) by Michael Cox plus everything at the Collectable level.
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Penguin Painting

Original miniature watercolour painting 11cm x 15cm (postcard size) by Michael Cox plus everything at the Collectable level.
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God's First Tree

Original watercolour painting (square, 7.5inches across) by Michael Cox plus everything at the Collectable level.
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Jackdaw

A lino print by artist Jo Cox (Image size 13cm square, mounted size 26cm square) plus everything up to the collectable level Only 4 available

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Shipley on the Beanbag

Lino print by artist Jo Cox (image size 17cm X 14cm, mounted size 30 x 25cm approx.) plus everything up to the collectable level Only one available

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Shipley on the Beanbag 2

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Badger

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Otters

Lino print by artist Jo Cox plus everything up to the Collectable level
18cm x 13cm and mount size 30cm x 24cm (Mount backboard and cello wrapped)
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Watercolour print - Cattle in Winter

ʻCattle in Winterʼ (size 360mm x 240mm unframed unmounted). Highest quality numbered print on acid-free Bockingford watercolour paper, painted by Tom's father, plus everything at the Collectable level.

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Watercolour print - Sheepwash Bridge

ʻSheepwash Bridgeʼ (size 360mm x 240mm unframed unmounted). Highest quality numbered print on acid-free Bockingford watercolour paper, painted by Tom's father, plus everything at the Collectable level.

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Sheep in Snow

Original watercolour and ink painting on board (12cm x 18cm) by Michael Cox plus everything at the Collectable level.
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Misty Morning

Original watercolour and ink painting on board (14cm x 25.5cm) by Michael Cox plus everything at the Collectable level.
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Name a character

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In Cahoots (The Bear and Shipley)

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Dartmoor Folklore Guided Walk

A folklore walk on Dartmoor guided by Tom in the Autumn, plus everything at the Collectable level.

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George and Friends

Fabric applique, (dyed cotton, machine and hand stitched) by artist Jo Cox, approx 9.5” x 5.5” plus everything up to the Collectable level
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The Assassination of Winnie the Pooh

An original watercolour painting by Michael Cox, Tom's father, plus everything up to the collectable level.
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Testicles Removed

An original watercolour painting by Michael Cox, Tom's father, plus everything up to the collectable level.
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21st-Century Yokel is the book that, as someone entrenched in a love of the countryside, I’ve been waiting a decade to write - maybe longer. It’s not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all seven.

People who’ve read my recent books about my cats - which are in truth often about lots of other subjects, besides cats - will hopefully get similar enjoyment from it but get something a little bit broader and more muscular out of it too. It’s the restless, sometimes dark beast I could feel ferociously trying to punch its way out of my last cat book, and in order to give the restless beast the space it needed I decided not to try to sell it on a synopsis and sample chapters, as I had with previous books, but to let it take me where it needed to go, without commercial influence. I wanted it to be what I needed it to be, first and foremost, not what a sales team needed it to be.

The result is a book that explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past, and goes deep into ties of this nature in my own life. It contains owls, badgers, ponies, beavers, otters, bats, bees, scarecrows, dogs, ghosts, my loud excitable dad and, yes, even a few cats. It’s full of local folklore - the ancient kind, and the everyday kind - and provincial places and small stuff, but in a curious way what has emerged from that is something broader and bigger and more definitive than my other work.

I am aware that I could have approached 21st-Century Yokel in a different way: forced it into a neater, more marketable concept, but I felt that would have made for a less natural collection of writing, and one where I challenged myself less, and found out less about who I am. Instead, I think the book has a lot in common with the country walks I was on when I composed much of it: it’s bewitched by fresh air, intrepid in minor ways, haunted by weather and old stories and the spooky edges of the outdoors, restless, sometimes foolish, prone to a few detours, but always reaches its intended destination. As a non-fiction writer, all my books are true, but this one is somehow a bit truer, and it’s been by far the most difficult and enjoyable and painful and satisfying I’ve ever written.

 

Praise for 21st-Century Yokel:

‘Tom Cox is an enchanting companion in this modern romp through treasured landscapes. I laughed and learned on every page’ Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator and The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs

21st-Century Yokel is simultaneously the funniest and saddest book about the modern countryside that I know. But no surprise there, because Tom Cox is THE soulman of British literature’ John Lewis-Stempel, author of The Running Hare

‘A wonderful, witty and moving collection of essays that, together, meander somewhere between nature writing, memoir and quiet polemic. As ever, Tom Cox’s musing and meditations are profound and playful, reflective and seriously readable, riffing on the difficulties of locating bat detectors in Argos one moment and painting heartbreaking eulogies to his Nan the next. A storyteller in entrancing form’ Rob Cowen, author of Common Ground

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