A Time from the World, Paperback Book


Rowena Farre led a double life while studying art in London as a young woman.

For months on end she would disappear to Scotland or the English-Welsh borderlands, where she lived as part of a Gypsy community.

Here she met different kinds of travellers - tramps and mumpers, tinkers and didikais, and the enigmatic Romanies - all living on the fringes of society.

She found it an uncertain existence of hard work and modest means, fruit-picking, labouring on farms, hawking goods from village to village.

But she also found a life of rewarding friendships, unusual freedom, and even love. Written by a woman who refused to acknowledge the social divisions that keep us apart, A Time From the World is an intimate account of a nomadic culture that is repeatedly sensationalised, glamourised, demonised, and just plain misunderstood.

Rowena Farre was a remarkable woman, a traveller in the truest sense, whose life was driven by an enduring curiosity in her fellow human beings.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 189 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Little Toller Books
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9781908213204



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