Sweet Evenlode

by Godfrey Hodgson

An invitation to visitors and residents alike to share the author's delight in his favourite valley, and to explore its places and people in the company of his family and dog.

In this very personal journey through the life of a river and its valley, the author explores the history of the townships, villages and hamlets of the Evenlode. He describes the shifting population and changing economy, the wonderfully varied landscape and wildlife, and the profound changes that have taken place in the last half-century.

Godfrey Hodgson moved to the Evenlode valley in 1975 with his wife Hilary, living first in Chastleton, then Chilson and now Finstock. This unusual and engaging book is part memoir, part meetings with inhabitants past and present, part history – and part introduction to some beautiful walks and countryside. A journalist and historian, Godfrey Hodgson has worked for television, radio and several national newspapers. He has taught at both Berkeley and Harvard, and was a fellow of Green College, Oxford. He has written a dozen books, mostly about American politics and history.

£10 paperback  121pp  photographs 
The Wychwood Press, 2008

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