A story of Cotswold village life in Tales From a Stone Cottage
It is the kind of idyllic life that millions of commuters slogging into London every day dream about each night – living in a little stone cottage in the Cotswolds with some chickens and a big cake.
But living the dream, especially getting on with the neighbours in a rural village, can sometimes turn into a nightmare – or at least be regularly hilarious.
Now a former army wife and columnist with Country Living magazine has laid bare all the stories of life in a village in the Wiltshire Cotswolds – and bravely launched her tell-all book at her village post office yesterday.
Aly Wilks’ new book Tales From a Stone Cottage is a collection of her columns in Country Living magazine – a job she bagged after winning a competition run by the magazine to find a new columnist prepared to chart the foibles of her neighbours.
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Her book is set out in monthly instalments, featuring anecdotes chronicling “the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities of village life”.
The village in question is Nettleton, one of the quietly picturesque places in the south Cotswolds between Chippenham and Bristol, that isn’t Castle Combe.
Yesterday, she launched the book in the local post office, and supplied cake and tea to placate the villagers.
“I would like to salute the villagers of Nettleton, West Kington and Burton, happy in the knowledge that any resemblance between them and the characters in the book is entirely coincidental,” she said.