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Tetbury Book Festival Special – Helen Rebanks:  The Farmer’s Wife, My Life in Days

The final event of this years extremely popular Book Festival and we are delighted to welcome Helen Rebanks to The Goods Shed to discuss her book “The Farmer’s Wife: My Life in Days”.

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The Farmer’s Wife: My Life in Days

is a beautifully illustrated, honest and intimate meditation on the power of domestic life. Helen is many things as well as a wife: businesswoman, teacher, conservationist, working mother and cook. She lives with her husband James and four children in the Lake District and has been cooking and baking for more than 30 years, both professionally and in farmhouse kitchens. Her love and enthusiasm for food and farming is completely infectious, and her recipes are delicious.

Helen will be discussing her engrossing and tenacious account both of the running a home, and of the tightly knit family team which has made their farm globally important with its innovations and drive towards sustainability.

Helen Rebanks with Chickens

Helen Rebanks


‘It’s quite an achievement to portray the quiet power behind the choices we make for our children – be it the food on the table or the life we choose to live. And to shine a light of truth on the often idealised, always understated, role of the farmer’s wife.‘ — Raynor Winn

Enchanting. . . an engrossing and tenacious account both of running a home, and of the tightly knit family that has made their farm globally important with its innovations and drive towards sustainability. ― The Bookseller

I found the book very moving. It is a reclaiming of the role of the farmer’s wife for the twenty-first century. I very much appreciated Helen’s views on food production. . . opinions of substance, simply expressed but formed from experience. I also loved the writing about motherhood: childbirth, the juggle, the hard bits and good bits. It was all very real and true. I think many of us have a longing for the sense of place and purpose which Helen has found – and that she has generously shared with us. — Amy Liptrot

Lovely, warm and real, The Farmer’s Wife made me cry and cook and think. A beautiful book. — Ella Risbridger

Authentic and affecting, this is a story of a hidden life. Helen’s clear voice shows us what it really means to become the bedrock, and through unhistoric acts of both struggle and joy, she shines a light on the women who stitch together the fabric of our rural communities. — Sarah Langford

An exquisite love-letter to the goodness of the natural world, and to shepherding family, marriage and a farm to health and prosperity. A paean to fidelity, illustrating clearly why simple, hard work in the home and in the pastures is so damn rewarding. — Nick Offerman

In this honest and tender memoir, Helen invites us into her life and home with rare openness and warmth – inside, we find a loving place, sometimes conflicted, often chaotic, and always buzzing with life. — Helen Jukes

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Tickets: Individual £8.00

Hearing Loop

The Shed has a hearing loop for all who appreciate a little help hearing the audio systems.

We simply that ask you to bring your own headphones, to use with one of our receivers. You can reserve one by calling the office on 01666 505496.


Please note:  Identification may be asked for to prove eligibility for any concessions.

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