Lytham farmer and author Tom Pemberton delights readers at literary lunch

A Fylde farmer whose debut as a published author has shattered sales records at a Lytham bookshop charmed the audience at a ‘joyful’ literary lunch close to home.

By Tony Durkin
Saturday, 30th April 2022, 4:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 3rd May 2022, 12:03 pm

Tom Pemberton was the star attraction at the event at Fylde Rugby Club organised by the Plackitt and Booth bookshop in Lytham to promote Tom’s debut book Make Hay While The Sun Shines, already the biggest seller in the shop’s 20-year history..

The 29-year-old is already a big hit online with his video diaries on You Tube attracting hundreds of thousands of followers and he has recently earned a new horde of fans as the host of The Fast and the Farmer-ish on BBC Three TV.

Make Hay While The Sun Shines comes after Tom’s internet exploits caught the attention of publishers Octopus and tells of a year on the Pemberton family farm at Ballam Road, Lytham.

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Around 65 people attended the lunch at the Woodlands Memorial Ground clubhouse in Ansdell and Pat Booth, co-proprietor at Plackitt and Booth,said: “The atmosphere was wonderful – everyone had a great time. It was a really joyful occasion – a celebration of a local man made good.”

Tom said: “It was great – I really enjoyed it. We did an interview and a talk and it made it all seem very real. It was wonderful to see the people there and great that so many are enjoying the book.”

The book is available now and Tom’s online diary of life on the family farm at Birks Farm, Lytham can be viewed at

The event was a joyful occasion, said Pat Booth of organisers Plackitt and Booth
The literary lunch celebrated the launch of Tom's debut book Make Hay While The Sun Shines
Tom Pemberton with his book 'Make Hay While The Sun Shines' at the launch event at Fylde Rugby Club. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard