It’s all very well creating a Kindle book to sell on Amazon, but the hard part is generating publicity. After much e-mailing of gardening society editors, a fresh review of Mum’s book has appeared in Heathers, the journal of The Heather Society.
“The Cottage on the Fell, first published in 1995, is a compilation of more than sixty articles written by Anne Utting originally published in the monthly magazine Cumbria between 1978 and 1983. The articles chronicled the pleasures and the tribulations of living in a stone cottage on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Her son has republished the book as a colour-illustrated Kindle e-book adding photographs that were taken in and around Caldbeck in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I did not have the benefit of the colour on my Kindle, but that did not spoil the enjoyment of the narrative. In some ways Utting’s book is a version of “The Good Life” set in the fells of Cumbria rather than Surbiton, without so many comical episodes, and with a wild garden containing daffodils and clematis but no heathers. She was a weaver and sold her rugs, as well as being a writer. Remembering that the stories are told about England of the ”Winter of Discontent” followed by the early years of what we now call The Thatcher Era, this is pure, gentle escapism.”