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A Place of Refuge

An Experiment in Communal Living – The Story of Windsor Hill Wood

By Tobias Jones

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Share your belongings and start belonging â?" the story of Windsor Hill Wood

Why is it that the more advanced our society becomes, the unhappier we are?
Seeking an answer from the only honest perspective, Tobias Jones and his wife opened up their family home and ten acre woodland to those going through crises in their lives, or suffering from depression, addiction and loneliness.
They will encounter extraordinary people: from 'Roadkill Kev' to 'Mary Poppins'; build a chapel, raise pigs and encounter both violent antagonism and astounding generosity. At the same time, they will open themselves, their children and their ideals up to the most demanding of judgements and transformations.
Five years on, they think they are on to something. To sit down to eat together, to work on the land, to have no tolerance for drugs but a lot of tolerance for change â?" it takes time and many mistakes, but they have found a way to help people.
This is the story of how.

Biographical Notes

Tobias Jones is the author of four non-fiction books, Blood on the Altar, The Dark Heart of Italy, Basilitica andUtopian Dreams; and the Castagnetti crime trilogy, The Salati Case, White Death and Death of a Showgirl. He has worked as a journalist in Britain for the London Review of Books, the Independent on Sunday and the Observer; and in Italy, producing two political documentary series for the Italian state broadcaster RAI 3. He lives at Windsor Hill Wood in Somerset with his wife and three children where he runs a working farm refuge.

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  • ISBN: 9781848662513
  • Publication date: 21 Apr 2016
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: riverrun
This is no Hollywood-style tale of redemption and transformation. It is something much more honest: a warts-and-all account of what it is like to try a radically different way of living, and to not only survive, but have real triumphs . . . Thanks to Jones's sense of humour the book rarely feels "worthy", in the pejorative sense, despite the subject matter . . . Admirably erudite, charming and reflective . . . To read this book is to imagine, even if only briefly, that a different way of living might be possible. — Alice O'Keefe, Guardian
Fascinating and remarkable . . . a study of compassion in action — Sunday Times
This is an enjoyable book — Mail on Sunday
[I was] Amused and moved by this book . . . The Joneses' desire to rescue lost people is both magnificent and astonishing — The Times
Chosen as a summer read by Julian Baggini — Observer
Extremely gripping and moving . . . Often very funny . . . Jones writes beautifully about the changing seasons . . . Each night I looked forward to reading this book. Clearly there is something in our psychological make-up that longs to be part of an 'extended household', breaking bread with strangers. Or - at least - to experience it voyeuristically through the pages of a captivating memoir — Independent
There is much beauty in the story of Windsor Hill Wood, the rural idyll that Jones and Fra create together. He manages to take us with him into it . . . Jones is a sublime writer, who has the ability to bring tears to the eye — Daily Telegraph
It's a gentle meditation on a brave venture that leaves the reader uplifted and even a little enlightened — Press Association
It is Jones's humanity and gift for characterisation that make his book so captivating . . . His account rings with universal truths . . . A Place of Refuge asks difficult questions about how often mental illness is connected with the fact that 'community', as it's currently understood, is delivered through a screen — Financial Times
A wonderful book describing the bosky - sometimes bolshie - community he and his wife set up for allcomers: recovering alcoholics, addicts and anoxerics. It is written with the keenest eye for nature - human and leafy - and a wisdom learned the hard way (perhaps there is no other way) — Kate Kellaway, Observer
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