Thank you, Edward Hudson
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