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Thu, 13 Jun


Pickering Book Tree

Sally Coulthard

Join us in conversation with bestselling Author and Columnist Sally Coulthard. We’ll discuss the hidden history of the countryside, and the objects that shine a light on a way of life so often overlooked in historical records.

Sally Coulthard
Sally Coulthard

Time & Location

13 Jun 2024, 19:30

Pickering Book Tree, 43a Market Pl, Pickering YO18 7AL, UK

About the event

We are excited to welcome Sally Coulthard to Pickering Book Tree to discuss her most recent book, A Brief History of the Countryside in 100 Objects, which is a fascinating insight into the often surprising everyday objects used by past generations.

We’ll be in conversation with Sally about the book, her research, and the rural history of the people who lived and worked in the countryside. The event will include time for audience questions too.

Sally has authored more than twenty-five non-fiction books, which are consistently a firm favourite choice in the shop. Her books span a wonderful range including nature writing, social history, folklore and anthropology — always brilliantly researched, engaging, and informed by an immersion in the subjects she writes about in her own rural life in her Yorkshire smallholding.

About the Book

'An unusual and ingenious collection of objects, each unexpected and always fascinating. Very enjoyable.' Christopher Hadley, author of The Road

The untold story of rural Britain revealed through its artefacts

'A really lovely, fascinating book. I dived straight into this clever, joyous, celebration of nature, history, and – of course – the countryside.' Charles Spencer, author of The White Ship

For most of human history, we were rural folk.

Our daily lives were bound up with working the land, living within the rhythm of the seasons. We poured our energies into growing food, tending to animals and watching the weather. Family, friends and neighbours were often one and the same. Life revolved around the village and its key spaces and places – the church, the green, the school and the marketplace.

And yet rural life is oddly invisible in our historical records. The daily routine of the peasant, the farmer or the craftsperson could never compete with the glamour of city life, war and royal drama. Lives went unrecorded, stories untold.

There is, though, one way in which we can learn about our rural past. The things we have left behind provide a connection that no document can match; physical artefacts are touchstones that breathe life into its history. From farming tools to children’s toys, domestic objects and strange curios, the everyday items of the past reveal fascinating insights into an often-forgotten way of life. Birth, death, celebration, work, crime, play, medicine, beliefs, diet and our relationship with nature can all be read from these remnants of our past.

From ancient artefacts to modern-day memorabilia, this startling book weaves a rich tapestry from the fragments of our rural past.

'Beautifully illustrates the challenges people faced and the ingenuity and humour they used to overcome them. Relaxed and conversational, I couldn't put it down.' Francis Pryor, author of Scenes From Prehistoric Life

About the Author

Bestselling author and columnist Sally Coulthard has spent the last two decades writing about her favourite things – nature, history and craft. Many of her books delve into the traditions of rural life – from artisans to agriculture – the people, plants and creatures who make the countryside tick.

Sally’s work often weaves together different disciplines, pulling threads from social history, anthropology, archaeology, design and nature writing to bring her diverse subjects to life.

Sally’s written over twenty-five non-fiction books. Her titles have been translated into a dozen languages and many of her more recent publications are also available as audiobooks.

Read more about Sally on her website

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