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common or garden cows

It’s a true story! What would you do if you found a cow in your front garden? Find out how people coped when the cows came to town!

Woodford-born artist Karen Humpage recalls the days when cows wandered around the suburban streets adjoining Epping Forest. See how their antics caused no end of consternation for homeowners and shopkeepers, frustration for motorists, wonderment and fun for children, and something to bark at for dogs. 

With the help of local peoples’ recollections, Karen’s gently humorous writing paints pictures of cow/human interactions, upsets to the suburban idyll and the occasional far-fetched flight of fancy. All accompanied by Karen’s gloriously colourful paintings complementing the text.

Not just a book for the people of Epping Forest, this book will resonate with anyone who lives near to an area of common land where cattle are grazed.

Signed and personalised copies are available from Etsy and ebay - click either of the buttons below. When you order via Etsy or ebay books are dispatched by me from my home address so I am able to personalise them. You can also buy via Amazon but as it is dispatched from their warehouse it will not be a signed copy.

Enquiries from potential retailers welcome.


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"This is a fun based book of memories of living with the cattle that roamed and grazed freely in Epping forest, peoples front gardens and the chaos they caused when mixing with rush hour traffic ! A book full of very recent social history, people's hilarious stories and Karen Humpage's beautiful colour illustrations, makes it a must have for those who lived in this unique part of Greater London and those who love their social history....."

"This is a gem of a book. Great stories and amazing artwork. Highly recommended!"

- Amazon customers

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You can buy all of my limited edition cow and goat prints via Etsy - just click on the button below to open up a new window to Etsy.