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SIMON DAWSON Pigs in Clover

From city to smallholding, join Simon and his extended family of animals on this life-changing rural adventure. This is the true story of a Londoner who gives up his job as an estate agent in the city, moves to the wilds of Exmoor, starts a smallholding and becomes self-sufficient, with a few bumps along the way. Simon’s journey from urbanite to self-sustaining farmer is brimming with incidents – some funny and some tragic – leading him to question Mother Nature, himself, the food he eats, and his role in it all. Which makes the transition from city life to self-sufficient smallholder slow, emotional and, for him, often confusing. But it is also beautiful, warming and laugh-out-loud funny. Simon Dawson moved to Exmoor with his wife Debbie over a decade ago. He runs courses on smallholding, butchery, food processing and nose-to-tail eating, and came first for the South-West on TV’s Local Food Heroes in 2007. He is much in demand as a journalist and broadcaster, as well as being midwife and foster dad to countless pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, dogs and horses.

Orion Autobiography MMP April £7.99 288pp 978 1 4091 5465 5 eBook: £7.99 / 978 1 4091 5466 2

Orion Non-Fiction / Autobiography • April / June 2015

Orion Autobiography MMP June £7.99 288pp 978 1 4091 5467 9 eBook: £7.99 / 978 1 4091 5468 6

SIMON DAWSON The Sty’s the Limit

Middle age meets its match. Following up on his first book, Pigs in Clover, this is the story of what happens when Simon suddenly realises that his life is changing all over again. He’s not quite the spring chicken that he used to be: he is, horror of horrors, getting older. With a cast of best friends (some more helpful than others) including Ziggy, a panicked soon-tobe father desperate to grow up, Garth, an annoying teenager, and a rather handsome pig called The General, a plan is hatched to help each other mature (or immature). Heartfelt discoveries and hilarious endeavours ensue as they work through their age-related angsts, all with a fair dose of pigs, chickens, lambs and animal madness along the way. This is Exmoor’s uplifting laugh-out-loud antidote to middle age in the mud; a place where you truly realise that the sty’s the limit!

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Location: Exmoor, Devon Available for interview @simondawson1 www.hiddenvalleypigs.co.uk