Books to get you in the mood for Brinsop
Sometimes nothing else will do but to spend your time just enjoying a really good book! Reading is one of those pleasures that can be done alone or with friends and family all together in front of a log fire with a blanket to curl up under and the occasional exchange of words and cups of tea and cake!
Below is a round-up of novels and non-fiction books that can loosely be connected with Brinsop Court:
Any books about the SAS will get you in the mood for Brinsop because their camp is just over the hill to the south west of the estate. Our particular favourites are the Andy McNab ones and there are a couple on the shelves in the house.
Many of Phil Rickman books are set around northern Herefordshire and I know the first one at the very least mentions Brinsop. Phil, a Shropshire man has written a series of books about Merrily Watkins and they are so evocative of the local landscape.
Resistance, written by Owen Sheers is set in the valley of Olchon which isn’t too far from Brinsop and if you can’t be bothered to read the book, then get your hands on the DVD and enjoy the fiction! And there is another book that is set close by which I haven’t read so can’t personally recommend it, but it’s called On the Black Hill.
If you are looking for something reasonably light, try Deborah Moggach’s Heartbreak Hotel. Set in the fictional village of Knockton it is loosely based on local places and is a funny book written by an amusing lady - I heard her talking about the book at last year’s Hay Festival.
Or if you are in the mood for something non-fictional get hold of a copy of either The Old Ways or The Wild Places both by Robert Macfarlane. I am such a fan of this writer’s work and find his books easy and interesting to read.
Kilvert’s Diary and Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals both have sections that are relevant to Brinsop and the Herefordshire countryside but are not set exclusively around here and the Country Diary of an Edwardian lady whilst about the Warwickshire countryside will conjure up images of a time gone by and experienced at Brinsop.
The Made Herefordshire Recipe Book is of course a book of a more practical nature with contributions from 80 local Herefordshire businesses. Brinsop Court Estate’s entry is on page 100 and is a recipe for venison stroganoff and we used Bailey’s wonderfully equipped kitchen to cook it ready for photographing. Ask Jonathan to see the copy we have in the office if you like reading cookery books! John Thornley who supplied the venison recipe has also published a selection of specialist books that might be of interest.
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