About The Book
'Essential reading for anybody who wants to understand rural life, how we got here, and what we’ve lost' Patrick Galbraith, author of In Search of One Last Song
Where Are the Fellows Who Cut the Hay? is an ode to rural life, charting traditions of the past, how they were lost and why we need to reconnect.
Exploring the relationship between everyday items and the communities that make them, Robert Ashton provides a snapshot of twenty-first century England. Where are the people who grow barley, milk cows and produce wool? How have their farming methods become less ethical, sustainable and natural over time? And what are we doing today to reverse that change?
Inspired by George Ewart Evans’s Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, Ashton gives voice to local people and travels rural Suffolk in search for innovation, interweaving his own personal connection to Evans and to the land. Part memoir, part social history, Ashton’s thought-provoking book is a manifesto for why, against all odds, we need to step back in order to progress.
'We hear the authentic voices of local people, still in the middle of great forces of transformation. Now we hope these will create more sustainable and progressive futures.' Jules Pretty, author of The East Country
'Informed by a deep familiarity with the county, Ashton reveals how an intimate knowledge of the rural past and present can contribute to shaping a meaningful future.' Professor Gareth Williams, biographer of George Ewart Evans
Updates From The Author
Hello,With publication just a few weeks away, I’ve been busy thinking about publicity. I’ve already got a few events and festivals in the diary, and am even planning to organise one myself on the Suff...05.02.2024
As the book creeps ever closer to 100% funded, with some useful publicity planned over the next few weeks, I visited Snape Maltings with my film maker friend Peter, and together we've produced this up...15.02.2023
A TV programme written and narrated by the now late Ronald Blythe made me realise that that while authors life solitary lives, they can influence millions with the books they write. This prompted me t...02.02.2023
Thank you for being patient and for your support. My book Where are the Fellows who Cut the Hay is now 75% funded and so likely to be published in 2023. I've also recently moved to Suffolk, and am now...31.12.2022
Good morning I'm delighted to be able to tell you that the book you have kindly pledged to support is now 50% funded. I've been distracted of late by one or two other projects, not least a planning ap...27.10.2022
My book's crowdfunding campaign is slowly but surely creeping toward it's target and I'm really grateful to you for your support. I set out to write a book about George Ewart Evans, and quickly realis...02.08.2022
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