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The Farmer’s Wife

My Life in Days

Helen Rebanks


Signed copies will be available while stocks last
This edition will have the title page signed by Helen Rebanks
This book will be published on August 31st 2023

This is an absolutely gorgeous portrait of life at Helen Rebanks’ Lake District farmhouse.

As dawn breaks on the farm, Helen Rebanks makes a mug of tea, relishing the few minutes of quiet before the house stirs. Within the hour the sounds of her husband, James, and their four children will fill the kitchen. There are also six sheepdogs, two ponies, 20 chickens, 50 cattle and 500 sheep to care for. Helen is a farmer’s wife.

In the middle of Matterdale there is a busy working family farm; at the centre of that farm is the farmhouse, and at the very heart of that farmhouse is the kitchen – the pulse and focal point around which everything revolves. It’s where farming decisions are made, where the business is run from, where family-life is lived – and most of all it’s where Helen Rebanks cooks the food that fuels the entire operation.

In her book, Helen invites you to spend time with her in the kitchen – but also out on the fells and meadows and in the pens and pastures, where she and her family work. It’s the ultimate seasonal job, and in taking you through their farming life, she will share glorious seasonal recipes influenced by the time of year and reflecting the farming and conservation work being done outdoors.

This book is about how and what we choose to eat – and how we can decide to prepare meals that are tasty and quick to prepare, but are still good for us and good for nature-friendly farming.It’s a book that will help to bridge the gap between farmers in the fields and the rest of us in the kitchen or the supermarket, the gap between field and fork. A gorgeous, unvarnished delve into the labour and glory of keeping a home and raising a family, this memoir also offers a chance to think about where our food comes from, and who puts it on the table, Helen helps us all survive with recipes, lists and gentle wisdom to help us get through our days, whatever they throw at us.

Weaving past and present, Helen shares the days that have shaped her and the women in the history of  her family. This is the truth of those days: from steering the family through the Beast from the East and the local authority planning committee, to finding the quiet strength to keep going, when supper is yet to be started, another delivery man has assumed he needs to speak to the ‘man of the house’, and she would rather punch a cushion than plump it!


Please note:
This pre-order title is published on 31st August 2023. if you are ordering additional books alongside this title, the entire order will be shipped on or after 31st August 2023. If you wish to receive your other books sooner, please place them on a separate order.







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Hardback; 204 x 156mm



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