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Cream Tea and Meet David Joy
Cream Tea and Meet David Joy

Tue, Sep 19



Cream Tea and Meet David Joy

Meet author David Joy, writer of Mostly Joy and other titles, including Men of Lead and Passion for the Dales.

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Sep 19, 2023, 2:30 PM

Grassington, 7 The Square, Grassington, Skipton BD23 5AQ, UK


About the event

David Joy, author of more than 50 books and a former editor of The Dalesman, will be joining us to talk about his book Mostly Joy. A truly fascinating memoir of his life in the Yorkshire Dales on Tuesday 19th September.

To find out more information about the book, click here.

Mostly Joy is largely set in what for well over 100 years has been the family home in Hebden Gill, Upper Wharfedale. Here was kindled a passionate love of the countryside and a determination to safeguard the wonderful Dales and its people. 

For almost 30 years there was a daily journey "over the tops" to an office in the delightful village of Clapham. It formed a base to develop a list of hundreds of Dalesman books, always involving an emphasis on railways due to an obsession with steam and especially the beloved Settle-Carlisle Line. 

The memoir begins by looking back in time to farmer Joys who grew up at lonley Rams Close, above today's Grimwith Reservoir. It follows thier fortunes down to my father, who became a noted agricultural journalist in an age when newspaper offices were a constant clatter of manual typewriters. Memorable happenings include the involvement of a Duke and his immense wealth, a bitter dispute between brothers that led to all possessions being auctioned, and escaping hard times in the Dales to keep cows in Liverpool. 


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