The Complete Letters from Wingfield Farm
By Dan Needles
Vintage Books Canada, Paperback, 9780307360847, 435pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Walt Wingfield, the character beloved by thousands in every part of the country, is back with a new and complete book, with a new introduction from the author.
Walt Wingfield is a Bay Street stockbroker who quits his job and buys a hundred-acre farm in Persephone Township, Ontario. In a series of letters to the editor of the local newspaper, Walt chronicles his modest successes and spectacular defeats in an age when farming has become difficult for farmers old and new. Dan Needles' rich and charming rural neighbourhood may be difficult to find on a map but it is very close to the Canadian soul.
Including a new introduction from Dan Needles, the writer who brought this marvellous world to life 27 years ago, and all your favourite mishaps, triumphs and eccentric neighbours Wingfield's World is the full story of one man's attempt to embrace a less complicated world and how he ends up with more complication and drama, and more love and richness than he could have imagined.
"Needles writes better, with a finer sense of pitch and rhythm, than most of the dramatists whose work we are asked to take seriously."
"Like visiting an old friend, but how many people do you know who are actually as entertaining as Walt Wingfield?... Comic gold."
"Persephone Township may not be on the map, but it is nonetheless in the Canadian pysche."
—The Globe and Mail
"Chock full of puckish humour and a keen eye for human foibles."