"Sex Instructions for Farmers" is a quintessential Irish read
Irish farmers are a rare breed, so much so that engaging with one romantically demands instructions!
Irish woman Roisin McNally stumbled upon “Sex Instructions for Farmers” in an Irish bookshop recently and shared her find over on Twitter, not quite convinced whether or not it was real:
Found this gem in Easons that I thought was a piss take.— Róseph Róestar?? (@Roisin_McNally) January 4, 2020
Thrilled to discover that it is, in fact, a serious book for farmers. pic.twitter.com/7gKmGIS94X
While McNally shared snippets from inside the book as she wondered if it was at all serious, one man replied that the book was, indeed, meant to be light-hearted:
Had a quick look online to check if it was indeed real. First published in 1980 but as a light-hearted guide ("the practice of changing one’s socks once a month will in future be regarded as insufficient") so, no, it is not a serious book.— John Finn (@carrigman) January 4, 2020
Mercier Press’s synopsis of the tongue-in-cheek book says: “Sex Instructions for Farmers is a light-hearted guide to finding and keeping love for that stalwart of the Irish rural community - the bachelor farmer.
“This man, while a prince behind his plough, who can freely discuss international problems, wilts before the female form.
“First published in 1980, chapters include sage advice on how to `prepare the soil', how to sow the seeds of a fruitful relationship and how to reap the bounty from his labors.
“Filled with pearls of wisdom, such as `bottom pinching is unsporting' and `the practice of changing one's socks once a month will in future be regarded as insufficient', this humorous piece of nostalgia may still prove useful to some modern men!”
According to Dubray Books, author Charles McSherry was born in Dublin in 1930 and was educated at Blackrock College. He spent seventeen years as an actor in Dublin and touring Ireland and Britain, before settling in Limerick. Many of his poems and short stories were published in magazines and newspapers, and he won the top award in the Humourous Essay section at Listowel Writers' Week in 1979 and 1980.
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