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Paul Heiney is a well known writer and broadcaster in the UK. Over 30 years he has appeared on all Britain's major radio and television networks, most recently on iTV's Countrywise..

He spent seven years on BBC1's top-rated consumer affairs show, Watchdog, which continued a career in consumer journalism which began with That's Life in 1978, and continued later with Radio 4's You and Yours.

But Paul has had a rich life outside broadcasting. With over a dozen books to his credit, both fiction and non-fiction, he is a widely read author. His book of science questions and answers for young people, Can Cows Walk Downstairs? has been a best-seller in fifteen languages. He has also written on both rural, maritime and farming matters.

His current book, One Wild Song, tells of his epic voyage to Cape Horn - 18,000 miles and 11,000 of them sailed alone - in order to reflect on the loss of his son to suicide.

He has also found time in his working life to be a pioneer organic farmer when, in 1990, he decided to master the skills of traditional farming using carthorses- Suffolk Punches- instead of tractors, and farmed 40 acres of Suffolk countryside. This experience inspired not only his hugely successful column, Farmer's Diary, which appeared weekly in the Times for seven years, but also a number of books.

In 2005, he fulfilled a longstanding ambition to sail the Atlantic singlehanded in the wake of the solo sailing pioneers, which led to his book The Last Man Across the Atlantic.

His TV programmes for ITV Anglia proved enormously popular with audiences, including his re-creations of the Victorian and Wartime farming year, and his journeys along the Secret Rivers of East Anglia by canoe.

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