Agricultural researcher Anna Jones’ exploration of the divide between urban and rural issues has been picked up by Kyle Books.
Publisher Joanna Copestick acquired the worldwide rights directly from the author. The Octopus imprint will publish Divide: the crisis of relations between the city and the countryside March 3, 2022.
“This book is a call to action,” the synopsis read. “He warns that if we do not learn to accept and respect our social, cultural and political differences as city dwellers and rural people, we will never solve the chronic problems in our food system and our environment.
“As we watch the barrel of climate change go down, only farmers – who manage two-thirds of the UK’s landscape – working with conservation groups can create a healthier food system and bring back nature in diverse abundance. But this nascent progress is hampered and crippled by simplistic debates that still fuel conflicts between conservative rural communities and the liberal green movement. ”
Each chapter explores a different aspect of the disconnect between the urban and rural worlds, from family and politics to animal welfare and the environment, weaving case studies and research with Jones’ personal stories on growing up on a small farm in the highlands.
Kyle Books called the book a “revolutionary exploration of the urban and rural cultural divide.” together to protect and preserve the earth.
Copestick said: “I am delighted to publish this compelling account of the urban / rural divide, written by a rural business journalist who has a unique perspective and insight into cultural, agricultural and social issues that often divide rather than do not unite. Anna Jones, who grew up on a sheep farm on the Welsh border, brings her urban ‘media sensibility’ to why, more than ever, these two disparate segments of society must work together on the common goal of caring for the land. Earth.”
Jones is a journalist, broadcaster, blogger and researcher in Nuffield agriculture. She has been heard on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Farming Today’, ‘On Your Farm’, ‘Costing the Earth’, ‘The Food Program’ and World Service, and is a freelance producer / director on BBC One’s ‘Countryfile’. She also wrote for the Guardian and agricultural press. She grew up on the Welsh border and comes from at least five generations of farmers on her father’s side and a long line of butchers and farm laborers on her mother’s side.
She commented: “I spend a lot of time feeling caught in the middle of the urban and rural divide. Farmers talk to me about it all the time, sometimes with anger. My family is debating it around the dinner table. In the city, where I live and work, I hear prejudices and stereotypes about country life, which are not always true. I’m playing devil’s advocate, trying to help one side see the other’s point of view. To me, the divide is real and obvious, but it has never really been explored. I wanted to change that and help two very different worlds understand each other better.