THE X TRACTOR – Cornwall’s Culling Plan
by Peter Spencer with illustrations by Rory Donald
Beneath the cream tea, pasty, pisky and second home owner surface of the county
of Cornwall live those indigenous people trying to keep their heads above the
surrounding waves. And author Peter Spencer, having just retired as an
on-screen political correspondent with Sky News, suspects that in hard times
seagulls have been replaced by tractors flying over the cliffs. It is this
tractor culling conspiracy theory, and the reason behind it, that touches each
of the colourful characters and the humorous tales within this book.
These stories present a whimsical, varied and often satirical perspective on the
lives of ordinary Cornish folk. Pitched at adults, locals and visitors alike,
the humour has a sardonic edge, although the portraits are generally
affectionate and often touching.
From his Cornish base the author has teamed up with artist Rory Donald, who with
his own unique style gives readers an instant insight into these characters and
stories from the lower Celtic fringe of Great Britain.
Journalist and broadcaster Peter Spencer wrote for the Daily Mail, Sun, Daily Express and London’s two evening newspapers before becoming a radio and television broadcaster. For
two decades he was an on-screen Political Correspondent for Sky News, and in
the course of his career had dealings with nine Prime Ministers, travelling
abroad with three of them. With his trademark monocle, cigarette holder and
what appeared to be a dragon-fur cape he cut a colourful character in
Westminster. Once he even arrested the tide of political history by blocking
the front door of Tony Blair’s London home with his pink Mercedes. For better or for worse, the newly elected
Prime Minister did eventually complete the journey to Downing Street. And cordial relations between journalist and politician were quickly restored
thanks to their shared passion for electric guitars.
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