September 2006 ~ "They rode through our lives with as much intelligence as a tractor and without the sensitivity of a hammer. They destroyed our trust, our security and our respect and I will bring them to justice."
Hilary Lloyd is the author of a new novel; "A Necessary Killing" based on the author's experience in 2001. Her email says, " I experienced first-hand the human cost of the epidemic, the fear, anguish and desolation caused by the disease and especially by its management. The epidemic may have been 'forgotten' but it had a dramatic and lasting effect on the personal lives and health of many rural people....."
Amazon synopsis: "... when it is men, not bugs, that smash her defences, she uncovers the identity of the man who wiped her out, and she knows where to find him.. "
Extract from a Amazon.co.uk reader review:
"...I cannot thank Hilary Lloyd enough for writing this book. Not only is it a great read that grips you by the throat from the first paragraph, it's hugely informative about a subject people outside of the rural community know virtually nothing about - foot and mouth disease. I was one of those townies who sat tutting at the news night after night knowing what was going on couldn't be right - the cull first, test later mentality - but until I read 'A necessary killing' I had no idea how very badly wrong the government got things....Everyone who cares about the countryside should read this, so should every vet. And it should be required reading for all the pen pushers at Defra. ...."
Emai lto warmwell.com received from Hilary Lloyd on September 28 2006
My first novel, A Necessary Killing, has just been published by the UKA Press. Its themes are injustice and the lasting damage caused when government fails to remember that its actions affect people. It is particularly the story of a woman who refuses to succumb to idiotic policy. After she is forced to concede, she sets out on a quest for justice.
The book's setting draws on my experience as a smallholder with one of the few flocks of sheep in my area to survive the foot and mouth epidemic. I experienced first-hand the human cost of the epidemic, the fear, anguish and desolation caused by the disease and especially by its management. (I ran a smallholding for many years, including 2001, in SW Shropshire, and 'retired' to Devon this summer. Though my experiences during the FMD epidemic were in Shropshire, they surely apply to all afflicted counties.)
The epidemic may have been 'forgotten' but it had a dramatic and lasting effect on the personal lives and health of many rural people. A Necessary Killing also tells their story.
I have attached a Press Release for your information.Hilary Lloyd
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