For publication 1 September 2018

Cover A Dartmoor Farmer


A Dartmoor Farmer, His Daughters and His Diary’ is the story of a busy, much loved Dartmoor farmer, his family and their community before, during and in the decades following the First World War. It also describes the forgotten workforce of farmers’ daughters on Devon farms, whose importance has rarely been described, and reveals the divided communities of church and chapel in a single parish. Based on William Dunning’s diaries from 1910 to 1950 and public and private documents, the book makes use of taped interviews of his friends and family, recorded chiefly in the 1980s and ‘90s, to discover the last decades of a vanishing world. William Dunning and his daughters feature in the ‘Devon Voices 1914 1918 Home Front Stories’ at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, from 15th Sept. 2018 to 6 January 2019.

PUBLICATION 1ST September 2018 The Rotherfold Press. Price: RRP £12.95.  ISBN 978 1 9164429 0 0
FORMAT: Paperback. SIZE: 240 x 170mm.  EXTENT 336 pages (inc. b.& w. mostly archive photos)

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These are photographs from Sweetstone, Life on a Devon Farm, published by Green Books in 2004.

Wilfred and John RowdonMrs Rowdon and PhyllisSweetstone by Jacqueline Sarsby








I also wrote Romantic Love and Society published by Penguin in 1983, A Cycle of Deprivation (with Frank Coffield and Paul Robinson) published by Heinemann Educational in 1987 and Missuses and Mouldrunners, about the lives of women pottery-workers, published by Open University Press in 1988.