June 2008, 148pp, 93 Photographs, 300 x 225mm Paperback, £19.95, ISBN 978-1-905622-16-0 (Currently Unavailable) Hardback, £39.95, ISBN 978-1-905622-15-3
James Ravilious’s stunning photography and Peter Beacham’s wonderfully perceptive text take the reader on a journey down Devon’s deep lanes into the heart of a countryside not usually acknowledged by guidebooks. What is described, illustrated and celebrated here is the stuff of everyday existence in the rural south west – the lane, field and farmstead, the orchard and the vegetable garden, cob and corrugated iron, and the all pervading weather.
Review of the first edition: “… this marvellous collection of black and white photography springs from deep affection and real, muddy-booted intimacy with Devon" Devon Life
About the Authors: JAMES RAVILIOUS is recognised as one of the greatest photographers and interpreters of English rural life. His work has been exhibited in Europe and America as well as this country, and published in An English Eye: The Photographs of James Ravilious by Peter Hamilton, republished at Christmas 2007 to very great success by The Bardwell Press.
PETER BEACHAM is Heritage Protection Director at English Heritage. He has published several influential studies including a major essay on rural buildings in the second edition of Devon by Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner in the Buildings of England series.