The experiences of a young trainee cattle market auctioneer from 1954 to 1960; a unique memoir of a bygone time. John Shrive's memoir, "Done, finished, you lose it!"was written in 1980 and relates to experiences at both Kettering and Market Harborough Cattle Markets, when the Auctioneers were Messrs Berry Bros and Bagshaw and J. Toller Eady.
In 1960 after excellent training with this firm John Shrive qualified young as a rural Chartered Surveyor and later as an Agricultural Valuer. John Shrive, reads "In the Beginning", relating his first encounter with Store Pigs... and more.