By Derek J. Taylor
An affectionate examine modern English village lifestyles, from city-dwellers who choose to construct their dream home
Maggie wishes a home with plenty of mild. i want one with personality. And what we do have in universal does not aid either—we're either stubborn.
When Derek, a former television journalist, and his companion Maggie choose to get away to the English countryside, they do not choose the straightforward lifestyles. as an alternative they set approximately changing an outdated Cotswold stables in Stow-on-the-Wold into their dream domestic. Over the following years, they salary guerrilla battle at the making plans place of work, are cursed by means of every little thing from collapsing partitions to poison fuel and dozy apprentices, run out of cash, and meet a few very unusual characters—until in its ultimate phases of development, where unaccountably floods. alongside the way in which, Derek takes a unusual examine what makes villages paintings, or now not, within the twenty first century. Haunted by means of the phrases of a pal who accused him of romanticizing the agricultural, he investigates a dozen diverse villages. whilst it truly is over, Maggie and Derek survey The previous Stables with its 10 meters of shimmering glass and uncovered oak beams, and Maggie asks, "Next time, why do not we strive anything bigger?"
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