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The Scenicland Radio by Simon Michael Prior

November 13, 2021

I read and enjoyed Simon Michael Prior’s first book, The Coconut Wireless, but I have to say I enjoyed this one even more. Following their holiday in Tonga (the subject of his first book), Simon and his girlfriend head for her farm home in New Zealand to spend time there after her visa to the UK has run out. Simon is a London boy and has no experience of farming whatsoever, but he has plenty of enthusiasm to make up for it, which leads to amusement aplenty.

Being a farm girl at heart myself, I loved his adventures as a complete novice in dairy farming and reading about how he learned from all the mistakes he made.

I also loved Jazz, the dog, and the smart cows, and I had many a chortle over the scrapes Simon got into. I think anyone who has lived and worked on a farm, especially a dairy farm, will be able to relate to some of the problems he encountered, but there were others entirely of his own making that had me chuckling merrily. What is amazing is how he fitted in so well with the family despite being such a ‘city boy’.

Add to these stories some different adventures around beautiful New Zealand with girlfriend Fiona, plus the joys of understanding a new culture and a different English, and you have a fun journey of discovery for a young man fresh from London.

This is a great read with lots of humour and charm. Highly recommended.

The link to the book is here although it is available on all Amazon stores.

My review of his first book, The Coconut Wireless, is here.

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