The Sty's the Limit

  • by Simon Dawson
  • Narrated by Ben Allen
  • 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following a drunken misunderstanding, Simon Dawson gave up his job in the city, moved to the wilds of Exmoor and became an accidental self-sufficient smallholder with an array of animals. But that was years ago now.
Following up on his first book, Pigs in Clover, this is the story of what happens when he suddenly realises that his life is changing all over again. He's not quite the spring chicken that he used to be: he is, horror of horrors, getting older.
With a cast of best friends (some more helpful than others) including Ziggy, a panicked soon-to-be father desperate to grow up; Garth, an annoying teenager; and a rather handsome pig called The General, a plan is hatched to help each other mature (or immature).
Heartfelt discoveries and hilarious endeavours ensue as they work through their age-related angsts, all with a fair dose of pigs, chickens, lambs and animal madness along the way. This is Exmoor's uplifting, laugh-out-loud antidote to middle age in the mud - a place where you truly realise that the sty's the limit!


What the Critics Say

"An amazing story of love, laughter and the challenges of living from the land.... Simon's self-sufficient rural life is an inspiration to us all." (Ben Fogle)


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Customer Reviews

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Love this author & book!

I was surprised at how thoroughly entertaining I found this memoir, which details Simon and Debbie Dawson's life on a 20-acre "smallholding" in rural Exmoor in the UK. The narration is flawless, the anecdotes humorous, and the story itself more complex than expected.
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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2016
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group