Coun­try Mouse

Thank you, Ed­ward Hud­son

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

WHEN the first is­sue of COUN­TRY LIFE ap­peared on the news­stands 120 years ago this week, Ed­ward Hud­son could never have imag­ined that his brain­child, a mag­a­zine en­com­pass­ing all that he loved and val­ued in life, would be so wildly suc­cess­ful. Not only was it an in­stant suc­cess, but, 12 decades later, it’s record­ing the big­gest-sell­ing is­sue of its his­tory. The great­est com­pli­ment to Ed­ward Hud­son is that he would in­stantly recog­nise to­day’s mag­a­zine as the de­scen­dant of the one he launched when Queen Vic­to­ria was on the throne.

I am of­ten asked, in these dif­fi­cult times for de­clin­ing print pub­lish­ing sales, why COUN­TRY LIFE con­tin­ues to thrive. The core rea­son, I be­lieve, is our deep love of the coun­try­side. To be born Bri­tish is to have an at­trac­tion to all things ru­ral em­bed­ded in the Dna—two-thirds of us as­pire to live in the coun­try­side, a far higher fig­ure than in most other coun­tries. Ed­ward Hud­son trans­ferred this dream onto pa­per.

It is one of the great­est priv­i­leges in jour­nal­ism for my­self and my team to work on such a spe­cial mag­a­zine, but our great­est thanks goes to you, the read­ers, for con­tin­u­ing to sup­port Ed­ward Hud­son’s re­mark­able vi­sion. Happy New Year to you all. MH

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