A 'deeply personal' and 'fascinating' memoir documenting a female Dorset farmer has been published.

Herdswoman Mary Buchan, from Marnhull, left school in the early 1950s and went straight into agriculture.

Her collection of letters to her mother during this time have now been published in the memoir - titled 'Letters from Chapel Farm'.

Published by Tim Saunders Publications, the north Dorset farmer describes the book as a look back at her family history as she farmed the rural county. 

“This deeply personal book features the letters she sent her mother over the course of a year or so,” says publisher Tim Saunders.

“It reveals friendships, romance and how her career progresses. This memoir is a fascinating historical record celebrating family but also that wonderful form of communication, the letter.”

'Letters from Chapel Farm' is available online and in all good bookshops.