English Pastoral

£20.00

Hardback

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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’A beautifully-written story of a family, a home and a changing landscape.’ – Nigel Slater ‘Just about perfect.’ – Wendell BerryJames 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.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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