Stephen John Hartley is best known as the guitarist in iconic Burnley punk band NOTSENSIBLES.
Using the annual cycle of a hillside allotment as a framework, he tells his incredible story: engineer; busker; letterpress and woodblock printer; late medical school entrant; A&E consultant; NHS whistleblower; restorer of old vehicles; builder of valve amplifiers; DIY record label owner and more.
Beautifully illustrated by the author with over 30 woodcuts and line drawings, the book is imbued with a DIY ethos, exploring how much we can do for ourselves without relying on the establishment – localisation versus globalisation.
Written with vernacular wit, this is a heart-warming memoir of self-determination and quiet perseverance.
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