The sequel to his much-loved first novel, A Vicar's Diary, is the story of a new vicar's taste of village parish life in the Yorkshire of the 1960s.
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With an extraordinary ability to turn the reader from laughter to tears and back again, David Wilbourne celebrates life with all its ups and downs.
Inspired by the tales of times past in rural Yorkshire, David Wilbourne once again brings alive the rich tapestry of people and places in the Vale of York in the 1960s, seen through the eyes of a country vicar.
A Summer's diary takes up where A Vicar's Diary left off at Easter 1966. The nation is gearing up for hosting the World Cup, with 30 July set for the Final, which also happens to be the date for the Withs' Church Garden Fete. As the English Team gains momentum, a conflict of loyalties looms. The local farmers' wives, glad to escape from World Cup mania, drag their reluctant husbands away from the TV to join in the internecine strife which is the epitome of Church events.
Favourite characters appear, form the school cook who graces every church discussion with the question, "what about the Black Sea Scrolls?" and Grandma Weighton with her famous stews and cakes to our Vicar, whose antics include stumbling across a Mother and Baby Clinic and taking round a holier-than-thou vicar-hopeful to show him daily parish life which can include chasing cows.
Poignant moments happen when a strong of local robberies destroys a certain innocence in a place where doors were never locked and homes open to all. Likewise, a trip to London in the Ron Ran Run bus service opens the eyes of children who have never before left their deeply rural home.About the Author:
David Wilbourne continues his family tradition of Yorkshire vicars in Helmsley, a moorland market town in North Yorkshire, England. Previously chaplain to two Archbishops of York, he has written several books, including the sequel, A Summer's Diary. He maintains that his life's ambition is to take the tedium out of the Church of England and replace it with sheer fun.
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Book Description Zondervan, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M000710006X