The Gentleman of the Party

A. G. Street
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ISBN 9780571252138 Format Paperback
Published 18/06/2009 Length 256 pages

About Book

The Gentleman of the Party was first published in 1936 and was described by Douglas West in the Daily Mail as a 'robust and impressive novel'. A vivid portrayal of farming life in Wiltshire from 1872 to the 1930s, The Gentleman of the Party is filled with gentle humour and poignant images as it charts the history of the changing face of English farming over 60 years. Exploring the strict social structures and absolute hierarchy that existed in rural England, as well as the harsh life experienced by the farm labourers, The Gentleman of the Party is a fictional account of a forgotten and often shocking time in English history.

'[You] are not likely to read a better chronicle of the land in a month of Sundays.' Cecil Day-Lewis, Daily Telegraph

'This robust and impressive novel ... will enlarge the mental horizon of a good many town dwellers, and give the more reflecting among them a great deal to think about ... His command of dialect is masterly. He has written a fine novel and he has created a number of richly entertaining people.' Douglas West, Daily Mail

  • About A. G. Street

    A. G. Street was born Arthur G. Street in 1892 and grew up on a farm near Wilton, Wiltshire. He was a broadcaster and writer and wrote 25 books with farming life at their centre. Perhaps his most famous book, Farmer's Glory, describes his time in Canada before he returned to Wiltshire. Another book, Strawberry Roan, was turned into a film. He died in 1966.

    A. G. Street (1892-1966) was a farmer, writer and broadcaster. His first book, Farmer's Glory, published in 1932, was an immediate success and launched him on a long and prolific writing career. Most of his books were published by Faber & Faber and it is therefore appropriate that Faber Finds is re-establishing him with reissues of Farmer's Glory, The Gentleman of the Party, Already Walks Tomorrow, A Crook in the Furrow, Strawberry Roan and The Endless Furrow

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