To be published on 18 January 2022, with 32 full colour illustrations by Bernard Bowerman, taken from the first edition.
At last she reached the brow of the hill … now the country opened out below her and she looked down into a wide and lovely valley … Still patched with snow the little fields spread like a carpet below her and here and there a farmhouse with barns and golden ricks was clearly seen. Across the plain ran, straight as a ruler, a railway line and she saw a toy train puffing and crawling across the picture.
Malcolm Saville’s classic novel from 1946 is about eleven-year old Jane’s discovery of nature and country life during a year spent convalescing on her uncle’s farm, after having been dangerously ill in post-war London. The novel is also a record of rural England eighty years ago, written by one of the great twentieth-century English nature writers.
The Introduction is written by Hazel Sheeky Bird of the University of Newcastle.
Our books are available in bookshops worldwide: please ask your bookshop to order our books through Two Rivers / Ingram.
Our website accepts orders for despatch to customers in the UK, the USA and in Canada. If you’d like to ask about placing an order for books or postcards anywhere elsewhere in the world, please email us on email@example.com and we will attend to your needs personally.
Pre-order the paperback edition direct from us (it comes with an exclusive bookmark) by adding it to your cart below, and pay by PayPal or UK bank transfer.
You can also pay in euros and US dollars. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent the details for our euro and dollar TransferWise accounts, and we will organise your order that way.
Pre-orders will be posted when we receive the book from the printer, which is likely to be one to two months ahead of the publication date.
Have you seen our refreshing postcards? You can inspect and order them here.
UK: £12.99 (free p&p)
Canada and USA: £12.99 plus varying p&p shown at checkout
All our packaging is paper-based, renewable and recyclable.
This novel was written while Saville was extending his range as a writer, alongside his very successful Lone Pine adventure series, and nature anthologies for children. Moor End Farm, where Jane spends a year discovering the birds and animals living around her, is based on a farm in Wheathamstead, Hertfordshire, where Saville had lived. Inspired by the experiences of Saville’s own god-daughter, this marvellous novel is full of the wonder of discovery, as well the happiness of regaining health, making friends, and learning to love the natural world.
We sent a copy to Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl, teenage UK-Bangladeshi environmentalist and ornithologist, and she loved it. ‘A beautifully illustrated story of an eleven year old London girl’s year of convalescing in Hertfordshire in 1946. Her experiences are delightful. A traditional story but easily relatable for modern young people.’