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Witham Friary book launch of ‘Village Voices’

‘Village Voices’ – Foreword by Andrew Miller – will be the subject of a book launch at the Seymour Arms, Witham Friary, (BA11 5HF) on Friday 27th November, 7.30pm.

Recorded by the Witham Friary History Project and published for the first time in this collection, residents of the parish recount life in the village from the 1920s onwards; country courtships; wartime; Beeching’s axe; farm, school and pub.

‘Village Voices’ brings to life the landscapes and traditions of Witham Friary in Somerset, from centuries-old Friendly Society rituals, carol singing on Christmas Eve, to more recent times, placing the village in conflict with the Duke of Somerset and the private water he still supplies.

Edited with a wry sense of humour and a powerful sense of history, the collection contains 12 evocative transcripts on England through seasons and years.

Andrew Miller is a resident of Witham Friary. His novel ‘Pure’ won the Costa Best Novel and Book of the Year 2011. His seventh novel ‘The Crossing’ was published this August.