English Country Traditions

A celebration in text and art of the many facets of English country life, from bee-keeping to cider-making, cattle shows to corn harvests, thatching a roof to planting a cottage garden, elegantly discussed by Ian Niall and exquisitely (and abundantly) illustrated with Christopher Wormell’s beautiful and precisely realized wood engravings. We’ll be honest; this is an offset edition of the original letterpress version, but it still has the look and feel of real type (Monotype Van Dijck) and it recalls the exquisite engravings of Thomas Bewick.

Ian Niall is a pen name used by John Kincaid McNeillie, a prolific author and nature journalist from Galloway, Scotland. He published over forty books, including realist fiction and essays on natural history, and wrote a weekly column for Country Life magazine. He may be best known for his novel No Resting Place, the film version of which is considered a classic of Scottish cinema.