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Copsford (Paperback): Walter J.C. Murray

Copsford (Paperback)

Walter J.C. Murray; Introduction by Raynor Winn

Series: Nature Classics Library

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Walter Murray was a young man tired of living in the city. Early in the 1920s, he persuaded a Sussex farmer to rent him a derelict cottage, which stood alone on a hill, with no running water or electricity. Most of the windows were broken, it was dirty, dark and ran with rats. He bought a brush and pail in the village, forced the rats to retreat, brought in rudimentary furniture. The local postman found him a dog, and with his new companion he began to explore his surroundings. In that year at Copsford he made a living from collecting, drying and selling the herbs he found locally: agrimony, meadow-sweet and yarrow. He became alert to the wildlife and plants around him. His life was hard - he supplemented his income with occasional journalism, but it was here he met his future wife, who he calls The Music Mistress, and with whom he would later found a school. Copsford is an extraordinary book. Bearing comparison to Thoreau's Walden, Murray's intense feeling for his place is evident on every page. It is, though, no simple story of a rural idyll - life at Copsford was hard, and Murray does not shy away from the occasional terrors of a house that had its hauntings. A publishing success when first published in the late 1940s, this new edition has an introduction by Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path.


Imprint: Little Toller Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Nature Classics Library
Release date: April 2019
Authors: Walter J.C. Murray
Introduction by: Raynor Winn
Dimensions: 216 x 156 x 11mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 168
ISBN-13: 978-1-908213-70-9
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
Books > Health, Home & Family > Handicrafts > Rural crafts
Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > The countryside, country life
Books > Biography > General
LSN: 1-908213-70-1
Barcode: 9781908213709

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