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Diddly Squat: The No 1 Sunday Times bestseller Hardcover – 11 Nov. 2021
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Pull on your wellies, grab your flat cap and join Jeremy Clarkson in this hilarious and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the farm we're all obsessed with
THE NO. 1 SUNDAY TIMESBESTSELLER
Welcome to Clarkson's farm.
An idyllic spot offering picturesque views across the Cotswolds, bustling hedgerows and natural springs, it's the perfect plot of land for someone to delegate the actual, you know, farming to someone else while he galivants around the world in cars.
Until one day, Jeremy decided he would do the farming itself.
After all, how hard could it be? . . .
Faced with suffocating red tape, biblical weather, local objections, a global pandemic and his own frankly staggering ignorance of how to 'do farming', Jeremy soon realises that turning the farm around is going to take more than splashing out on a massive tractor.
Fortunately, there's help at hand from a large and (mostly) willing team, including girlfriend Lisa, Kaleb the Tractor Driver, Cheerful Charlie, Ellen the Shepherd and Gerald, his Head of Security and Dry Stone Waller.
Between them, they enthusiastically cultivate crops, rear livestock and hens, keep bees, bottle spring water and open a farm shop. But profits remain elusive.
And yet while the farm may be called Diddly Squat for good reason, Jeremy soon begins to understand that it's worth a whole lot more to him than pounds, shillings and pence . . .
Praise for Clarkson's Farm:
'The best thing Clarkson's done . . . It pains me to say this' THE GUARDIAN
'Shockingly hopeful' THE INDEPENDENT
'Even the most committed Clarkson haters will find him likeable here' THE TELEGRAPH
'Quite lovely' THE TIMES
Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches ― Time Out
Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube ― Evening Standard
About the Author
- Publisher : Michael Joseph (11 Nov. 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241464501
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241464502
- Reading age : 13+ years, from customers
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 2.4 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to admit I did skip to the end before starting at the beginning and thought it was wondrously hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to Clarkson lovers!
There is a strong sense that this book has been padded out - the font is very large, almost akin to that of a child’s book. There are also needless drawings of Clarkson in various poses about his farm between each article (chapter) as well as blank pages either side of the drawings. I read the entire book in about 2 days and many readers would probably finish sooner than that.
However the writing is typical Clarkson - punchy and humorous. I really enjoyed his descriptions and insights of learning to be a farmer. I had already watched his series on this on Amazon and wanted more and this book delivers that.
A short but enjoyable book, not worth the publisher’s recommended price but worth Amazon’s heavily discounted price. Recommended.
When the local retired in 2020, Clarkson decided to take over it himself and Amazon were interested in filming how he would get on.
Jeremy writes he was confident at first that he would be able to manage, but he chose a very uncertain time for the country. This has included Brexit and three national lockdowns because of the Covid pandemic. All these factors have had an effect on farming.
He has called his farm Diddly Squat because that is what he claims he makes from it. In the book, we also are introduced to Kaleb, Clarkson’s tractor driver, who is one of the stars of the TV show.
Of course, one of the first items he buys is a tractor, and it has to be a Lamborghini tractor. Predictably all the other farmers nearby inform him that the machine is too big. This machine has well over 150 operating buttons!
The book is very readable and is split into the months of the year, starting in May and then ending the following May.
Clarkson is provocative throughout the book, and quick to give his opinion. This is what causes people to love him or loathe him. Many different people and authorities are not spared his wrath. For example, he has some very outspoken views on parish councillors. He must have had a few run ins with them in the past.
I found the book a good companion to the TV series.