By Adrian Bell.
Abridged by Roy Apps.
Robert Glenister reads one of the classics of 20th century country writing, the first of Adrian Bell's farming trilogy.
Published 75 years ago, Corduroy is the semi-autobiographical account of a London boy's apprenticeship on a Suffolk farm just after the First World War.
Times were hard, the work back-breaking, but Adrian Bell (father of journalist and former MP Martin Bell) found a lifestyle that suited him and developed a deep love of the countryside and the people who worked in it.
Read by Robert Glenister
Starting work in Suffolk - cutting marigolds and learning to milk.
The young farm apprentice gets himself properly shod at the village shop and takes a farmhorse to the blacksmith.
Ploughing, threshing and the winter months on the farm.
The climax of the farming year, mowing the hay and harvesting the corn.
With his year's apprenticeship coming to an end, the young man sets about getting a farm of his own.