English Pastoral

English Pastoral An Inheritance

Hardback (03 Sep 2020) | English

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Synopsis

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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

'Just about perfect.' - Wendell Berry

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The author of the beloved No.1 bestseller The Shepherd's Life returns with a stirring history of family, loss and the land over three generations on a Lake District farm

James Rebanks was taught by his grandfather 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, that landscape had profoundly changed. 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 how the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. But 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 the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral: not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.

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Allen Lane

In 1967 Penguin's founder started an eponymous hardback imprint under the name of Allen Lane. This now has a dynamic, growing list and publishes accessible and quality non-fiction books of lasting value.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241245729
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Allen Lane
Pub date:
DEWEY: 630.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 7
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 416g
Height: 216mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 34mm