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Adventure stories in book about dad
THE adventures of a Guiting Power farmer all the way to America and beyond are told in a new book.
King of the Cotswolds is a joint effort between Peter Davidson-Smith and his sisters Susan Snape and Jane Thomas, who spent six years putting together a collection of stories about their father, Cyril.
The trio decided to take the book to a wider audience after it received a warm welcome from farmer and founder of the Cotswold Farm Park Joe Henson, who knew their father well.
“My father had an extraordinary life and we tried to persuAde him for years to write a book,” said Mr Davidson- Smith, aged 64. “He loved telling stories, he was a good story teller. We remembered a lot of them. He had written a lot of stuff down but I also did an awful lot of research. I’ve got relatives in Canada and America and I interviewed them.
“I’m pleased with it. I’m glad to have done it, he deserved to have his story told. It could have been longer but you have to draw the line somewhere.”
Cyril was born to the son of the village shoe maker in 1904 and taken out of school at 11 to work on the land.
After a stint in the army where he fought in the trenches during the First World War he emigrated to Canada where he had many adventures working on farms, in lumber camps and for the Chrysler Motor Company in Detroit.
He became ill in the USA during the Wall Street Crash and eventually returned to the Cotswolds where he bought a farm, near Guiting Power, that Peter now runs with his son Tom, 34.
The book costs £8 and is available at the Borzoi Bookshop, Stow, Mrs Watson's Shop, Guiting Power, Shalom The Rainbow Shop, Bourton, Keelings Bookshop, Winchcombe and on Amazon.
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