My blog post last week sent me down the rabbit hole of book searching - if you love books and reading as much as I do then it's easy to spend half an hour - or an hour - following a trail of searching on line!
Here's Jenny's comment that got me remembering and googling Hope Bourne
Would you believe I once had all of them - back in the day - before moving house twice. Now I don't have any.
She was a one-off wasn't she..... shooting all her own wild meat which she had for breakfast as well as dinner!
Hope Bourne (Hartland, Devon 1920 – 22 August 2010) was a self-sufficient painter and writer who lived alone in primitive cottages and a caravan on Exmoor surviving by growing her own vegetables, fishing, and hunting for rabbits. Known as the Lady of Exmoor, she wrote five books on Exmoor and one novel set in North Devon, was the subject of three TV documentaries and contributed a weekly column to The West Somerset Free Press.
So I knew about 3 books and Jenny mentioned a Little History of Exmoor which it turns out was published in 1968. And much to my surprise Suffolk Libraries have a copy in the County Reserve so I'll be ordering that to have a look at. The fifth of her books is Hope Bourne's Exmoor Village. This could be more writings about Exmoor or possibly a book of her painting and drawings - she was an wonderful artist.
There is a book all about her art on Amazon - I bet its a lovely book but as its £25 upwards I shan't be buying that one
A documentary about her life " Hope Bourne; Alone on Exmoor" was shown by HTV in 1978. Then I searched youtube and found this
Then this popped up.....
Opening sequence of 'How Many People See The Stars As I Do? The Exmoor
Story of Hope Bourne'. Premiered at the Simonsbath Festival to a sell
out audience in May 2014, Chris Chapman's 50 minute documentary explores
the extraordinary life and talent of Exmoor's legendary figure, the
artist and writer, Hope Bourne. Hope led a life of self-sufficiency in a
tiny caravan in remote isolation in the ruins of a farm on Exmoor for
some 24 years and spent much of her time painting and sketching the
moor, writing a column for the local paper, and combining this
creativity in a remarkable series of books.