The Old Rectory ~ Autobiography/Memoir by Julia Ibbotson

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The Old Rectory ~ Autobiography/Memoir


 Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: New Generation Publishing (8 Mar 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1909593753

ISBN-13: 978-1909593756



When author Julia Ibbotson and her husband first saw the old Victorian rectory in dire need of renovation, a mile out of the nearest village in the midst of the English moorlands, they fell in love with it and the lifestyle it represented, with its farmhouse kitchen range at its heart. This delightful memoir describes the trials and tribulations of their quest to make their vision come true.


They hoped they could make the sad, neglected house glow again and that they could integrate themselves into the small traditional village, with its cottages, hall and outlying farms. The Old Rectory focuses on the centrality of the kitchen as the pulse of the family and home, and shows the importance of food and cooking throughout the changing seasons, history and moods of the countryside as the couple strive to live the dream.

The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, a true story of renovation – of a house and of lives, of finding what is important in life – and with the added delight of recipes to feed the soul.



Award winning memoir, with five stars on and Amazon,co,uk


Praise for The Old Rectory


the book is a wonderful blend of personal story (one so many of us can identify with), enchantingly told, with recipesIt all spreads happiness. Lovely!” Bel Mooney, author and journalist


destined to become a classicI adored this book and think you will too…” Rebecca Johnson


what a jewel this book istruly a delighta great writera delightful read, all the way to the endloved it!”  Peggy Fellouris


a most talented writera charming story written by a writer with a wonderful voice”   Nancy Mills


a beautiful tale delightful” Vicky DeCoster


an inspirational tale that offers many surprises…” Carol Hoenig


About the Author


JUntitled 2ulia Ibbotson is the award-winning author of The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, first published to acclaim in the USA and now re-launched with a brand-new cover by her new English publisher in the UK. Julia has been writing creatively all her life (unpublished!) but her day jobs to pay the mortgage have been as a school teacher and latterly a university academic, gaining her PhD at the age of 57. She delights in being a wife and mother to four, with four little grandchildren. She loves reading, gardening, growing food, cooking for family and friends and country life. Having published many academic texts and papers, she came late to actually publishing her creative writing, at the age of 60 plus, when she was persuaded to write the story of the renovation of her Victorian rectory in The Old Rectory. She has combined memoir, history, research, story and recipes in this first published book, which has won a number of international book festivals in the biography category, gained 5 star reviews on Amazon, and has been widely featured (along with her house) in the media. She has begun to delve into the world of blogging, facebook and now has her own website at  at which she also posts blogs regularly, about writing, life and her passions. Her new project is a trilogy of novels following the life story of a new character, Jess, through from fleeing to West Africa as a volunteer teacher/nurse in the 1960s to the millennium. The first of the series, Drumbeats, is due to be published later this year. You can find out more on her website and on her author page on Amazon. Her global internet book tours start soon!

 Author Links:



Facebook Author Page

Amazon UK Author Page

Amazon US Author Page

YouTube book trailer


Fiction Addiction Book Tours is touring with The Old Rectory:

19th – 23rd August 2013

26th – 30th August 2013

This tour will consist of:

1 x guest post

2 x interviews

7 x reviews


To register your interest, please contact:


About Elizabeth Delana Rosa

Elizabeth Delana Rosa has always been a writer and reader. When she first learned letter and words in Kindergarten, she wrote about pigs who “groo” wings and became “butterfys.” Elizabeth knew way back then that she would have a love affair with books. They have overtaken her life and have been a constant companions. Now over 20 years later, that love flows over into writing blogs, reviews, poetry and fantasy novels. Her blog recently broke the 3000 followers mark.

Posted on August 21, 2013, in Blog Tour. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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