The success of Clarkson’s Farm with Jeremy Clarkson at its helm has catapulted a second Season onto our screens, projected for next year. But now the Grand Tour presenter has revealed a book that mirrors his experiences we saw on-screen.
Penguin Michael Joseph will be publishing this book, which will include columns from Jeremy alongside beautiful illustrations. The book “takes readers with him on his extraordinary introduction to life as a farmer, as he has to contend with red tape, biblical weather, local objections, a global pandemic and his own frankly staggering ignorance of how to ‘do farming’”
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The publisher said the following: “In this gorgeously illustrated new collection of columns, Jeremy tells the story of how he traded in fast cars and city living for a new life in the country.
Clarkson also commented on the book: “I love writing about farming, but I love doing it even more,” with his editor, publishing director Rowland White, added: “Time will tell whether or not Jeremy becomes a great farmer. Fortunately, he’s always been a great writer.”
Amazon has this in its description of the book:
Welcome to Jeremy’s farm. It’s an idyllic spot, offering picturesque views across the Cotswolds, bustling hedgerows, woodlands and natural springs. Jeremy always liked the idea being a farmer. But, while he was barrelling around the world having more fun with cars than was entirely reasonable, it seemed obvious that the actual, you know, farming was much better left to someone else
Then one day he decided he would do the farming himself.
After all, how hard could it be?
Well . . .
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 round 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:
‘Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud’ Daily Telegraph
‘Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches’ Time Out
‘Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube’ Evening Standard