Hawkesbury Tales – A Memoir of Village Life

AA village sign, Bristol, EnglandThis is a collection of essays that I wrote not long after I moved to the Cotswold village of Hawkesbury Upton, Gloucestershire, in 1991. I rediscovered recentlywhen turning out some old boxes of papers in my study. Since writing these pieces, there have been many changes in the village (mostly for the better), but one thing has remained unchanged: my resolve never to live anywhere else. I’ll be publishing the full collection in 2016, to mark the 25th anniversary of moving to the village, but in the meantime, you might like to read these free samples online.


How We Came To Hawkesbury Upton


No Relation

Who Will Buy?

Give A  Fox A Bad Name

I Decide to Join the WI Choir

Trouble on the Hill

2 thoughts on “Hawkesbury Tales – A Memoir of Village Life

  1. I very much enjoyed reading these, I lived in Compton Greenfield as a child in the 60s – and know about village life! I went to school in Thornbury and knew the surrounding area, although not your village.

    1. Thank you, Lindsay, I’m really glad you liked them. I don’t know Compton Greenfield (another lovely village name!) but I will look out for it now! I know Thornbury – still a pleasant town, and its school has a very good reputation. Can’t beat village life!

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