Letters from the country is non-fiction that reads like fiction. It’s funny and light and composed of small chapters detailing the adventures of the author, Marsha Boulton–a journalist who moved to the country to raise sheep.
This book reminds me a lot of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. Though there are parts that are sad, most are funny and some are outright hilarious.
The characters in the book are mostly animals. Determined sheep, stubborn cows who run away, quirky dogs and very silly chickens. Marsha tries to keep things neat, organized and clean and, of course, the animals will have none of it getting in the way in their unique and very often funny ways.
The neighbours are there too with their country-quirks and sayings but it’s the animals that made me laugh. I have dogs and I can relate so well to the fiascos her brood creates.
It’s an easy to book to pick up and you barely have to make a commitment. Each chapter is self-contained organized by seasons. The gift is the humour. I’ve laughed and laughed with this book.
It not only won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour but it inspired a series of books along the same lines. I definitely recommend it.