New Book Launched By Cattleman Andy Frazier Called The Right Colour

The Right Colour (a novel about a cow) by Andy Frazier

Andy Frazier has been writing books for two years now, from his base in South West France. He started life farming with his father and brother at Coningswick farm in the English Midlands, which in those days specialised in quality beef and pork. After a string of successes exhibiting commercial cattle and pedigree Bleu du Maine sheep, Andy left the family farm to set up a livestock supplies business dealing specifically in grooming products as well as supplying services to the pedigree cattle industry. Over the next 10 years his achievements in dressing and preparing show animals saw him being twice in charge of the supreme champion at the Royal Smithfield show, as well as cattle and sheep breed champions in a variety of pedigree breeds at just about every national and county show. He has also judged cattle and sheep at many of these events. For a 12 year spell Andy successfully bred pedigree Texel sheep under the prefix Menithwood until the flock was dispersed in 2004. In addition to this he continued to help and advise with the prominent Coningswick flock of Beltex sheep run at the family farm. After selling his grooming business to Ritchey Tagg in the mid nineties and progressing into the IT industry, Andy’s career somehow evolved into that of a freelance business analyst. For a number of years he then worked for blue chip clients such as Barclays Bank, Cable & Wireless and Cisco Systems, mostly writing detailed and highly technical documentation that few people ever read!
In 2006 Andy opted for a lifestyle change and moved to South West France with the objective of one day becoming an author. For a while he ran a small building business alongside renovating a large old farmhouse until, with the support of his partner Wendy, he started writing novels some two years ago. During that period he has now written no less than nine books, many of which are targeted at children and most of which feature farm animals of some kind or other. He shares the smallholding with Wendy, two dogs, half a dozen sheep and a small collection of wines.

The Right Colour
Andy completed his first novel called The Right Colour in November 2010. Set in the mid nineteen eighties, the book tells a highly entertaining story of Princess, a calf born in north Scotland in a pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd but by a Limousin sire. The tale follows the calf as she tells her own story of growing up in hard times which include her being subjected to bullying and racism. As the Princess overcomes these problems, she sets her sights on the winning the greatest accolade a cross-bred animal could ever win, to be champion at the Royal Smithfield Show. She also develops a bizarre desire to meet the Queen herself. The book is written with sharp humour and there are some laugh-out-loud moments as Princess gets into some quite unusual situations and engages in some curious dialogue with a few other animals.
Drawing from the author’s own cattle experience, many of the settings and the people that this animal encounters are recalled with extreme accuracy, including the sights, sounds and smells of those great December days in Earls Court, London. Some of the characters even bear an uncanny resemblance to people involved in the industry at that time. However, the passion with which this tale is told provides its real appeal. That appeal is not just to cattlemen young and old but to a whole cross-section of the public, many of whom are blissfully unaware that the languid world of livestock showing could be quite so exciting.
The Right Colour has developed a cult following through the British livestock world and has had some fantastic reviews. One review in a Scottish national paper said “The book is littered with colourful characters…..It could only have been written by someone with a great deal of knowledge in the industry…. The tale is also a great insight into animal psychology!”
The Right Colour is now being made available through a selection of agricultural traders throughout  the UK as well as online in paperback or e-book form from www.andyfrazier.co.uk, published through Lulu Press.

Book Review – Chickens, Mules And Two Old Fools By Victoria Twead

I recently bought myself the book Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead after I came across Victoria on twitter and had exchanged a few communications relating to Spain where Victoria now resides and where the book is set.

I love reading and this book is a perfect gift for a book worm, a food lover and anyone with a dream for starting a new life. This book was a joy to read as Victoria brings the characters that we meet in her book to life so that you feel like you know them yourself. The characters you meet along the way are colourful and loveable.Victoria’s description of the Andalucian village where Vicky and her husband relocate to are so goo that you feel like you are there with them every step of the way!

Victoria writes with humour and pathos making this a funny book with laugh out loud moments as well as bring tears to my eyes as I read some of the events occurring in the book.

I really didn’t want the book to end I was enjoying living the Andulcian life along with Vicky, Joe  & the hens and reading about all the events and encounters they had in the first few years in the village.

I found the book very inspirational as it shows a dream coming true. Anyone dreaming of starting a new life, a simpler life or a life abroad should read this book. It made me want to move abroad but it really made me want to move to the same village in Spain and meet the characters of the book and enjoy the village events like Vicky and Joe did.

The stories of the acquisition of the hens, the egg sales and meeting the cockerel were highlights of the book for me.

Not only is Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools a great, entertaining read but it is also interspersed with wonderful Spanish recipes which help to bring the true flavour of Spain to life.

I highly recommend this book – it would make a great gift.


Books About Chickens

Farming Friends is delighted to announce that we now have books about chickens in stock. If you are a hen enthusiast, if you keep chickens and hens or are thinking of keeping hens and chickens then Chickens At Home by Michael Roberts or Starting With Chickens by Katie Thear are books that are sure to delight and inform you. Great for those whoare just thinking of starting with chickens or beginners to hen keeping as well as those who have been keeping hens and chickens for some years as they are a good reference. Another useful book for every hen keeper is the book Poultry & Waterfowl Problems by Michael Roberts as this is a great reference book if your hens are not well.

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Books About Quail

Farming Friends is delighted to announce that we now have books about quail in stock. If you are a quail enthusiast, if you keep quail or are thinking of keeping quail then Quail Past & Present by Michael Roberts or Keeping Quail by Katie Thear are books that are sure to delight and inform you.

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Poultry & Pig Books For Sale

I am delighted to announce the launch of the Farming Friends shop with poultry and pig books for sale.

Check out the Farming Friends shop.

The following books are for sale in the Farming Friends shop:

Books By Katie Thear:

Books By Andy Case:

Books By Michael Roberts:

Click on the links to read more information about the books or to buy the books.

The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

As a former teacher and now a farmer’s wife and farmer/smallholder myself, I love books that are fun but still manage to educate children about food, animals or farming. I was delighted to come across The Foodies set of books written by Joanne Roach.

The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

“The Foodies Books are a series of 12 illustrated stories for children aged under eight. The books are set in a veggie patch with a different story for each month of the year. In each story the fruit and vegetable characters are in season in the UK during that month. They are a gentle, fun way to get children more used to how basic British fruits and vegetables look and grow, and how the seasons affect our food. Each book also contains some factual information (written by children) and a seasonal recipe which your child can tackle with very little adult help.” Source: The Foodies.org

When I visited the site I was delighted by the video previewing September’s book, “Blackberry’s Sunbathing Day.” I found the story amusing, the language used was interesting and the illustrations are bright and fun.

The Foodies books can be bought individually for £1.99 or a box set of all 12 books for £20.  There are also The Little Foodies Club packages for families, childminders or groups/schools.

The Foodies Books Box Set

The Foodies Books Box Set

I am definately going to be buying my nephew this set of books for Christmas or the family package so that he can receive  a certificate, badge and membership card, and a personally addressed pack every month with the Book Of The Month plus veggie gardening tips, seasonal foods list, colouring sheet, puzzle and activity idea.

Organic Places To Stay UK And Ireland – A Book By Linda Moss

Do you farm organic, garden organic, eat organic or just believe in the principles of organic? If so then have you thought of holidaying organic?

I was recently introduced to the work of Linda Moss by my good farmingfriend Helene over at Countryside Connection.

Organic Places To Stay In The UK & Ireland by Linda Moss

Organic Places To Stay In The UK & Ireland by Linda Moss

Linda has written a book about organic places to stay in the UK and Ireland. The book includes 588 accommodation entries and is now in it’s third edition, testiment to it’s ever growing popularlity. The contents of the book include:

  • Bed and breakfasts, guest houses and small hotels offering organic, local and sometimes home-grown produce.
  • Self-catering accommodation on organic farms, generally in renovated farm buildings.
  • Camp sites on organic farms and smallholdings, ranging from those where you pitch your own tent to more luxurious camping.

This book gives you all the information you need for an ‘organic holiday’.

The Author: Linda Moss created www.organicholidays.co.uk ten years ago. She is
married with three grown up children and two grandchildren, and has lived in
Guiseley, West Yorkshire all her life. Click the link to buy Organic Places To Stay – UK & Ireland – 3rd Edition by Linda Moss at £12.95.

Incubating, Hatching And Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook Coming Soon

Guinea Fowl Keets

Guinea Fowl Keets

I have recently been busy writing an eBook on Incubating, Hatching  & Raising Guinea Fowl Keets. I am just proof reading the eBook and it will be ready to buy very soon.

If you are interested in purchasing this eBook then leave a comment and I’ll email you when the eBook is released.

Favourite Egg Recipes Book

An excellent book for those who love eating eggs or those of you that have your own chickens and ducks and need new recipes for all your surplus eggs is the Favourite Egg Recipe book.

I bought this book at the weekend and we have already tried one of the recipes, duchess eggs which I’d never heard of but it’s worth trying.

Click on the image below to visit Amazon.co.uk to find out more about this book or visit one of the Farming Friends Bookshops.

Favourite Egg Recipes (Favourite Recipes)

Gardenblogger’s Book Club

Carol @ May Dreams Gardens has a gardenblogger’s book club which I think is a brilliant idea. I have always wanted to be in a book club but always worried that I would turn up to the meeting and be the only one who had not finished the book. Anyway Carol’s club is great because you get two months to read the book and if you don’t finish the book it doesn’t matter as you can post about a garden related issue instead.

The choice of book for August and September caught my eye as it was a fictional garden mystery story. It couldn’t be better. I love mystery and who-dunnit stories, I love gardening and I love reading. A win, win, win situation and let me tell you it was. 

A Hoe Lot Of Trouble

The chosen book was A Hoe Lot Of Trouble By Heather Webber. I thought this was a light and entertaining read. The story was easy to follow and the main character Nina Quinn was a likeable person who I was able to warm to immediately as she was such a down to earth character. Even though Nina is a successful business woman she does have a vulnerable side and this made her easy to relate to and I could imagine myself in her shoes investigating the crime.

Although this was a mystery novel the gory elements were not described in detail which kept the story light and easy to read. With every new character the author hooked me into the mystery even more as I wanted to know if this character was capable of committing the heinous crime. But if you want to know who dunnit then read the book.

If you wanted to learn about gardening and garden design then this book is not for you. Nina Quinn, the main character, owns a garden makeover business called Taken By Surprise but information relating to this is secondary to other aspects of her life like her marriage. Nina’s sleuthing and marital difficulties meant that there wasn’t much time for her to work on the garden makeovers although there is an epilogue from Nina Quinn which looks at poison ivy and how to manage this unwanted plant, but if I really wanted to know how to manage poison ivy I would be looking at a gardening manual and not a garden mystery novel. Despite this, I found this novel difficult to put down purely because it was an easy to read mystery.

This novel is the first in a series of Nina Quinn mysteries and I will certainly be reading the others, not for their gardening information but for their entertaining whodunnit plots and the chance to get to know Nina Quinn a little more and see how her life turns out.

Thanks Carol for introducing me to this entertaining series of mystery books and the opportunity to take part in a book club.

Click on the image below to visit Amazon.co.uk to find out more about this book or visit one of the Farming Friends Bookshops.

A Hoe Lot of Trouble (Nina Quinn Mysteries)