Staff Review: Commune

Commune
by Olive Jones
Review by Ray

This is a pragmatic, open and generous telling of the author’s experiences setting up and living in the Graham Downs farm community in the 1980s. She doesn’t try to convince readers to live in a certain way – instead, she documents daily life along with the politics, opinions and beliefs that lead her to that life, and leaves readers to make their own minds up. There are struggles, celebrations, joys and sorrows in these pages, and it makes for an eye-opening read that will leave you wondering at all the many possibilities that might exist for a good life outside our current systems.