WITH A FOREWORD BY PATRICK BARKHAM
And an essay by Welsh hill farmer, Dafydd Morris-Jones
‘One of the great no-holds-barred life-adventures in the wilds of the British landscape.’ ADAM NICOLSON
Written on the eve of the Second World War, this memoir tells the remarkable story of how 21-year-old Thomas Firbank decided on impulse to purchase a 2,400-acre hill farm in the rugged, inhospitable mountains of Snowdonia, and how he and his wife struggled to build it back into prosperity.
The book became an international bestseller, selling over half-a-million copies worldwide and pioneered the genre of ‘good life’ rural escape literature. This new edition is introduced with a foreword by the award-winning nature writer, Patrick Barkham, and includes an afterword by contemporary Welsh sheep farmer, Dafydd Morris-Jones.
I Bought a Mountain is a thrilling human tale of tragedy and triumph, as well as a portrait of a lost era when farming was a communal endeavour, offering precious insights into conservation and sustainability relevant for today.