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  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409034957
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

A Boy's Own Dale

A 1950s childhood in the Yorkshire Dales

A charming tale of growing up in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1940s and 50s

Growing up in rural Yorkshire in the 1940s and 50s, Terry Wilson spent his school days hunting down Just William books, cutting up apples to help with fractions and staring out the window dreaming up new schemes.

But it was on the Dales themselves that Terry came into his own. Whether he was ‘outfishing’ the adults with his homemade rod, grouse-beating for the lady of the manor, helping to bring in the farmers’ hay in exchange for rabbit shooting rights, or growing his own prize caulis, his idiosyncratic and inventive mind is only matched by his love of nature.

Told with affection, dry humour and a respect for the landscape and its people, through Terry’s eyes we meet farmers, mill owners and ‘gentlemen of the road’. Beautifully illustrated with newly-commissioned line-drawn illustrations, A Boy’s Own Dale is a magical tale of a long-lost world.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409034957
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Terry Wilson

Terry Wilson was born in Settle, North Yorkshire in 1945. He started writing at nine years old when he won a Bournville Chocolate competition about a chocolate bean, but it has been the Yorkshire Dales and its people which has provided most of his material. He has been previously published in the Dalesman magazine and the Yorkshire Post.

Praise for A Boy's Own Dale

“Terry tells the magical story of his idyllic and enterprising childhood in the beautiful countryside near Settle in this affectionate, funny and entertaining memoir illustrated with superb line-drawings by Don Grant”

Lancashire Evening Post

“His love of the Dales and its people shines through every page”


“Terry's writing has that rare quality that can make you laugh aloud one minute and find a tear in your eye the next. He has great perception, not only of people, but of the world around him”


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