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  • Published: 5 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241542736
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336

A Year on Our Farm

How the Countryside Made Me




Matt Baker's first ever book is a year spent on the farm; told through the seasons this is his diary of the natural world, his farm and his family

A celebration of the natural year, Matt Baker's first ever book will take the reader on a journey through the seasons: January to December, Spring to Winter on his Hertfordshire farm with his family. Over the past year our relationship with nature has become vital, and Matt's observations of the natural world make for healing reading. The surrounding British wildlife plays a major role in life on the farm and Matt's thoughts and reflections can help every one of us.

The book will also follow Matt in his bid to save his parent's organic sheep farm in the rolling Durham Hills, covered in the 4-part More4 television series Our Farm on the Dales, airing in spring this year.

Much-loved on Blue Peter, BBC One's Countryfile and The One Show, Matt Baker writes about his family, his farming life and the power and beauty of the natural world.

  • Published: 5 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241542736
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Matt Baker

Matt Baker is our much-loved television presenter, and from Blue Peter, to Countryfile, to The One Show, he has charmed a nation.

Matt grew up in County Durham on a hill farm before his career in entertainment began. As a teenager he was a British champion gymnast and when Blue Peter was looking for a new presenter Matt put together a striking showreel somersaulting in the farmyard and riding a unicycle. In his seven years on the show Matt won two BAFTAs for Best Presenter two years in a row and a Royal Television Society Award.

Matt has also presented Radio 4's Open Country, Secret Britain, One Man and His Dog, as well as starring in a host of musicals and presenting BBC Sport's Gymnastics coverage for many years. Matt has raised over 40 million pounds for Children In Need with his Rickshaw Challenge, and is also a trustee of the charity.


Matt lives with his wife, children, his sheepdogs and his many beloved farm animals.

Praise for A Year on Our Farm

A delight

Margaret Bartlett, Countryfile

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