Scenes From A Smallholding, Paperback Book
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


In 1982 the Griffins left the security of suburbia to grow garlic in West Wales.

This is a funny and sometimes touching, warts-and-all account of their first three years: of how they learned lambing and marketing and ploughing and hay-making: and of the dung-sodden joys of milking and the surreal terrors of bee-keeping.

Be amused. Be very amused. Scenes from a Smallholding is by turns challenging, touching, and informative; but above all, it is very funny.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 256 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: Biography: business & industry
  • ISBN: 9780091905071

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I feel a bit mean giving it only 2 stars - I liked Chas, his attitude and his life choices very much indeed but the book was hard work. A hodge-podge of old articles and interspersed narrative describing his family's move to Wales to take up a smallholding and become self-sufficient. I liked the insight into the realities of the venture and the farming details, but the bad "dad" jokes throughout got more and more painful.

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