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Title: High Up in the Rolling Hills
Author: Peter Finch

Category: Biography, memoir, manifesto, sustainable living
Format: Trade paperback, hardcover, ebook
Publication Date: April, 2013
Pages: 204
Recommended Price: $17.95 softcover, $27.95 hardcover, $9.95 pdf
Trim: 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Available from: iUniverse; Amazon in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Brazil; Barnes & Noble; Borders; Chapters Indigo in Canada
First Print Run: On demand (with iUniverse on-demand capabilities, there is never an out-of-stock situation)

Thursday, 28 November 2013

4-Star Review on Amazon

4.0 out of 5 stars Learning from the landNov. 3 2013
Here self-transformation is driven by a steady stream of incremental adjustments. This book is a spiritual journey. The author finds a path from urban living to small-farm commercial organic farming, predominantly leafy greens, garlic and vegetables. No Hollywood grand events but a steady, though bumpy, convergence of self-awareness, relationship growth, health and nutrition, and gardening and farming. Each facet develops along the way, informed by trial and error and insights from the other facets, converging into an holistic practice respectful of self, community and nature. The book itself develops a cyclic, almost poetic structure as the seasons of the land shape the author. I particularly enjoyed the reflective post-harvest canoe trips in the autumnal Canadian Shield.

The book is philosophical without philosophy - biography as lived philosophy, rather than philosophical lecturing. Here, respect for the processes of nature is not so much a moral obligation as something learned through experience as a means to more profound spiritual enrichment. An enjoyable and enlightening read.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Guillermo Viviani

Guillermo Viviani

In his lifetime, Guillermo (Bill) Viviani was surrounded by beautiful women. I have no doubt that these lovely women in tandem (but especially Karen, his loving wife) helped to extend his life and maximize the quality of it. The bone marrow cancer that afflicted him for a dozen years eventually sapped away his energies, but these were times wrapped in the love of his family, including his Chilean brothers and sisters, which he truly doted on.

Gundi and I have them all in our thoughts in these days following his passing. Rest in peace, Guillermo.
In this photo from Alexandra’s wedding in July of this year, Guillermo is embraced by Lindy (Karen’s daughter), Andrea (his third daughter), Alexandra (his fourth daughter), Karen (his wife), Cristina (his first daughter), and Claudia (his second daughter).   

Monday, 11 November 2013

Publisher's Press Release

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Couple seeks out more natural lifestyle in Peter Finch’s new memoir

Husband and wife become organic farmer and glass artist in ‘High Up in the Rolling Hills’
ROSENEATH, Ontario – In “High Up in the Rolling Hills: A Living on the Land” (published by iUniverse), author Peter Finch shares the personal journey that he and his wife, Gundi, set out on, exploring, as an independent couple, the vital role of nature, creativity and healthy food in life.

In midlife, the couple made the shift to living on the land, ushering in a new phase in their life, as they set down roots in the hills and settled into a deliberately simplified lifestyle. Invigorated by their natural surroundings and the pleasures and health benefits of growing, selling, and eating fresh organic food, Finch reveals how he became a passionate advocate of traditional, small-scale, organic, chemical-free farming.

An excerpt from “High Up in the Rolling Hills”:

“Craving fresh air, peace and quiet, a simpler life, a slower pace and more space, we headed up into these mysterious hills. We feathered our new nest, a hillside homestead and a sizeable (55 acres) chunk of land, and wondered what tomorrow might bring. The rural community we came to was first cautious, then accommodating, then outright welcoming to us.”

Finch says that the creative and natural lifestyle they adopted has brought health, wellbeing, inspiration and contentment. “Peace of mind is the reward for living simply and well,” he says. “The more we stray from nature, the more lost we become”.

“High Up in the Rolling Hills”
By Peter Finch
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781475985870
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781475985856
E-Book | ISBN 9781475985863
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Peter Finch was born in Buckinghamshire, England, and is a dual-nationality naturalized Canadian who graduated with a degree in modern languages from St. Peter’s College (Oxford University). A world traveler and organic farmer, Finch lives with his wife, Gundi, in the rolling hills of Northumberland County near Toronto in southern Ontario, Canada. “High Up in the Rolling Hills” is Finch’s first book.

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