Reviewed in Brecon and Radnor Express in September 2009
'A rite of passage memoir as well as an account of childhood in a vanished world.'
Reviewed in Country Smallholding Magazine in December 2009
'The personalities are vibrant and the life arduous. Phyllida Barstow gives a disarmingly frank account.'
Reviewed in The Countryman in December 2009
'A frank and well-written account of an eccentric rural upbringing, which contrasted with her time abroad and in London.'
Reviewed in BBC Countryfile in December 2009
'Her autobiography is psychobabble-free and upbeat. Phyllida and siblings enjoyed a freedom that contrasts so sharply with the lives of today's over-protected children.'
Reviewed in Country and Border Life in January 2010
'A wonderful childhood memoir... Phyllida is a sensitive observer, who writes with great clarity and elegance.'
Reviewed in Evergreen Magazine in March 2010
'They were grim days, spanning from the mid 1940s to the late 1950s, marked by the hardships of war, rationing, eccentric schooling and a need for toughness and stoicism in the constant battle to keep the farm going. It would have killed off many children today but Phyllida grew into an assured, well-balanced woman blessed with a great gift for writing.'