Revealing the highs and lows of living and working the land
Book vouchers are always a popular Christmas gift so if you're lucky enough to have a gift voucher burning a hole in your pocket, here are some farming-related books that are guaranteed to keep you turning the pages throughout the new year.
'A Year On Our Farm'
Written by Ann and Robin Talbot, this beautiful book documents all the visitors, events, highs and the lows on the Talbot's family farm at Coole, Ballacolla, Co Laois.
Robin is the fourth generation of the Talbot family to run the farm, while his wife Ann is a regular columnist with the Farming Independent.
The book records life at Coole farm during a typical year, illustrated by hundreds of photographs of the farm's livestock, wildlife and the vets, contractors, builders and neighbours who contribute to the running of the holding.
'A Year On Our Farm' is available from Easons nationwide, The Book Centre, High Street, Kilkenny and online from www.talbotsofcoolefarm.com. It costs €17.99 plus P&P.
'The Lie Of The Land'
PJ Cunningham's account of a farming childhood on a small Co Offaly farm has been described by Irish Independent reviewer Paddy Smith as "quality nostalgia, not the self-indulgent mawkish stuff that passes for nostalgia these days".