English Pastoral

English Pastoral An Inheritance

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Synopsis

THE SUNDAY TIMES NATURE BOOK OF THE YEAR
A Telegraph, Financial Times, New Statesman, Telegraph and Observer Book of the Year 2020

The new bestseller from the author of The Shepherd's Life

'A heartfelt book and one that dares to hope' Alan Bennett

'A beautifully-written story of a family, a home and a changing landscape' Nigel Slater

'I was thrilled by it' Philip Pullman


As a boy, James Rebanks's grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District hills was part of an ancient agricultural landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, and hedgerows teeming with wildlife. And yet, by the time James inherited the farm, it was barely recognisable. The men and women had vanished from the fields; the old stone barns had crumbled; the skies had emptied of birds and their wind-blown song.

English Pastoral is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. And yet this elegy from the northern fells is also a song of hope: of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future.

This is a book about what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against all the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral: not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141982588
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 942.78092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Weight: -1g