Magazine article The Spectator

Down on the Farm

Magazine article The Spectator

Down on the Farm

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Can we plea se have an inquiry into why already talented people are allowed to go off and be brilliant at something else too? As a quarter of Blur, Alex Jame s (above), spent a decade creating critically acclaimed yet commercially successful pop anthems, thereby earning himself access to more drink, drugs and Doris than you could shake a Fender Precision bass at. Fair enough, say the rest of us (through gritted teeth).

What isn't on is the fact that it now seems James, having retired to a farm in the Cotswolds, can also wr ite l ike a god.

This won't come as a total surprise to readers of The Spectator, where the ex-pop star used to detail his cheese-making, barnbuilding, sow-sourcing adventures.

Nevertheless All Cheeses Great and Small: A Life Less Blurry (Fourth E state , £16 .99) i s a joy to read. …

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