Reminiscent of The Darling Buds of May, by H.E. Bates, this is a beautiful, romantic, and humorous story set in the hop-fields of Herefordshire at harvest time with the central characters of Tim and Marianne - he the son of a prosperous yeoman family who have grown hops at Sollarshill for centuries, she the daughter of their feckless neighbour with whom they have long been at odds.
John Moore was Gloucestershire's best-known and loved author of the 20th century - described by Sir Compton Mackenzie as the most talented writer about the countryside of his generation. He was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in 1907 and died in Bristol in 1967.
During the latter part of his life, he lived in the village of Kemerton on the slopes of Bredon Hill, which he popularised as 'Brensham Hill' in a number of his writings. Most of his books had a rural setting and long before conservation came to mainstream media attention he wrote about the effect of technological advances on the countryside and rural life.
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