Author Jamie Blackett arrives home from the Army to take over a small family estate on the Solway Firth in Dumfries and Galloway and finds a rapidly changing countryside.
In a humorous and occasionally moving tale, he describes how he grapples with the intricacies of farming, conservation and estate management and tells the story of founding a pack of foxhounds and a herd of pedigree beef cattle. Part childhood memoir, part biopic of rural life, readers are transported to a remote and beautiful part of Scotland and acquainted with its wildlife, its people and its customs. One minute he is unblocking his septic tank, and the next he is watching Glenn Close film a sex scene in his bedroom.
Set over the first two decades of the 21st century, amidst the Scottish independence referendum, Brexit and the hunting ban, the result is an enlightened review of the challenges threatening a vulnerable way of life, and an emerging rural philosophy about the directions Scotland, farming and the countryside might take in the brave new world of Brexit.
About the Author
Jamie Blackett was born in 1964 and educated at Ludgrove, Eton, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and later Warwick Business School (MBA). After working in South Africa he joined the Coldstream Guards, serving in Northern Ireland, the First Gulf War, Hong Kong, the Falkland Islands, Zimbabwe and Germany.
He returned to his roots in Galloway where he is now a farmer, forester, bed and breakfast and holiday cottage host, gardener and odd job man and occasional freelance journalist writing on farming and the countryside. Jamie is married with two children.
Jamie’s first book, The Enigma of Kidson, was published by Quiller in 2017.
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading Rural Life in an Urban Age ISBN 9781846892882 Author Jamie Blackett Binding Hardback Extent 256 pages, 234 X 153mm Illustrations No Ebook No
‘A must read for anyone who cares about preserving the real countryside in an ever-changing world.' — Kate Hoey, MP
‘A brilliant, enlightening and amusing book … it should be read by politicians, bureaucrats, ramblers, wildlife-lovers, townies, blow-ins and bumpkins like me. What a read!’ —Robin Page
‘The Jamies of this world are, alas, an endangered species. That doesn't stop politicians, tax men, so called environmentalists and assorted bunny huggers doing their best to exterminate them. Why do they refuse to give in to the "inevitable". Well read this book and then, maybe, you will understand. — Francis Fulford
‘His book belongs with the tradition established by H. Rider Haggard and A.G. Street – a frank, honest and beautifully observed account of the “return of the native”.’ — Sir Roger Scruton, FBA, FRSL
‘Jamie Blackett was accused of being a right-wing version of me – and he took it as a compliment! Having read Red Rag to a Bull – so do I!’ — George Galloway
'Blackett has written an entertaining and engaging book on a subject that will resonate strongly with those who live and work in rural Britain.' — Simon Doughty, Guards Magazine
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