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How The Countryside Made Me


A celebration of the natural year, Matt Baker’s book takes the reader on a journey through the seasons: January to December, Spring to Winter on his Hertfordshire farm with his family. Over the past year our relationship with nature has become vital, and Matt’s observations of the natural world make for healing reading. The surrounding British wildlife plays a major role in life on the farm and Matt’s thoughts and reflections can help every one of us.

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Escape into nature with Matt Baker’s fascinating journey through the natural year and family life on the farm

‘A delight’ Countryfile Magazine

Matt Baker finds his calm on the farm.

Surrounded by nature with his family, dogs, array of sheep, Mediterranean miniature donkeys and a whole host of wildlife in the farm’s ancient woodland, Matt shows us how the power and beauty of the countryside can bring joy to us all.

Following the ever-changing seasons of the year, we see woodland animals emerge after a long winter of hibernation and lambs begin to gambol in April. We hear the dawn chorus in the height of summer and see the preparations unfold for the harsh and wild winter months.

Peppered with hand drawn sketches, unforgettable moments from Matt’s TV career and stories of a landscape you’ll fall in love with – from its sun-soaked pastures to 6ft snow drifts – Matt reveals how the outdoors has made him who he is today.

Read a sample here

Additional information

Weight 0.258 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.1 cm






328 , 16 unnumbered of plates




630.92 (edition:23)


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