Spitting Feathers

Spitting Feathers

by Martyn Smith


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Cornish turkey farmer Fred Gooley and his wife Grace are looking forward to a well-deserved retirement. Their decision to develop a collection of old farm buildings into housing seems an obvious one - it's their financial passport to retirement. But life is very rarely the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. Open the gates to Feathers Farm and you also enter the lives of Fred and Grace and their journey through a dogged fight against the unchecked abuse of 'Establishment' power, bureaucracy and its potential for unpalatable consequences.

Inspired by real events, this explosive story is told with humour, a cast of colourful characters including a wise turkey, and some amusing vignettes as the journey takes us from humble beginnings in Cornwall to the corridors of power in Whitehall - with consequences that no one could have anticipated.

Retired Cotswold-based town planning consultant Martyn Smith paints an evocative picture of a rural idyll hit by the worst of bureaucratic nightmares, leavened by humour. As an insider drawing on his consultancy experience, he lifts the lid on town planning procedure to provide the reader with an amusing insight into this rarefied and seemingly impenetrable world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519737359
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

After forty years working as a planning consultant, Martyn Smith turned his hand to writing to create this debut novel, Spitting Feathers. Martyn is married to Gail and lives in the Cotswolds, He enjoys music, travelling and photography in his spare time.

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