Anthony Gibson has lived and worked in the West Country all his life. He is best known for the pivotal role that he played as South West Regional Director for the NFU in the two great farming crises of the past 40 years, BSE and the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic.
But he is also a long-term campaigner for real ale, traditional cider, and West Country food and drink, has been heavily involved in resolving conflicts between farming and conservation interests in some of the South-West's most precious landscapes and has been covering cricket for the BBC for over 50 years.
Two handsomely produced books, lucidly written and lavishly illustrated, with extracts from the writers and recommended walks, which explore the links between some of England's finest writers and most beautiful countryside.
A rare book and a glorious one.
The enriching thing about The Coloured Counties is that it does precisely what it says on the label: Anthony’s book fills in the literary hues, shadows and highlights of a countryside that inspired a great many minds and countless wonderful words.
Rosey is relevant still, a shop front for the county game as something valid, and proud, that the men of Lord’s seem at best to take for granted. Anyone with an interest in the game in living memory can enjoy and learn from this book. A word of praise for Anthony Gibson: his art and achievement is to make it look as if he did nothing at all.
A John Moore Society member in Yorkshire
Not only is the book extremely well written, and puts John Moore very firmly into the reader's imagination, the dustwrapper, boards and quality of paper fall into the Rolls Royce of books. Truly superb.