In modern Britain, what does it take to make a life on earth? For many of us, Britain is countryside: drystone walls, stiles, sheep on a distant hillside. But farmers themselves often remain a mystery – familiar but unpredictable, a secretive industry still visible from space. This is the story of what land does to people, and what people do to land.
‘Field Work is a journey into rural Britain to meet the people who work in the fields, butchers’ shops, abattoirs, greenhouses and barns that produce our food … highly researched and deeply thoughtful … by turns funny, enlightening, frustrating and deeply sad’ James Rebanks, Sunday Times ‘Bathurst has a seemingly supernatural facility for getting people to speak to her honestly and movingly about the land and their place within it … A beautiful hybrid of social history, memoir and nature writing, Field Work manages to bring an entire world out of the shadows.’ Alex Preston, Guardian