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Modern Classics Lark Rise To Candleford A Trilogy [Paperback]

Flora Thompson , H J Massingham
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Dec 23 2008 Penguin Modern Classics
Flora Thompson's immortal trilogy, containing "Lark Rise", "Over To Candleford" and "Candleford Green", is a heartwarming portrayal of country life at the close of the 19th century. This story of three closely related Oxfordshire communities - a hamlet, the nearby village and a small market town - is based on the author's experiences during childhood and youth. It chronicles May Day celebrations and forgotten children's games, the daily lives of farmworkers and craftsmen, friends and relations - all painted with a gaiety and freshness of observation that make this trilogy an evocative and sensitive memorial to Victorian rural England. It comes with a new introduction by Richard Mabey.

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Born in Juniper Hill, Oxfordshire, Flora Thompson left school at 14 to work in the local post office. She married young, and wrote mass-market fiction to help support her increasing family. In her 60s she published the semi-autobiographical trilogy combined as LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD (1945). RICHARD MABEY is the author of some thirty books, including Whistling in the Dark: In Pursuit of the Nightingale, Beechcombings: the narratives of Trees, the ground-breaking and best-selling "cultural flora" Flora Britannica, and Gilbert White, which won the Whitbread Biography Award. His recent memoir Nature Cure was short-listed for three major literary awards. He writes for the Independent, the Guardian, Resurgence and Granta, and contributes frequently to BBC radio. He lives in Norfolk, in the Waveney Valley.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent appreciation of the "old" ways Dec 26 1997
Format:Paperback
This trilogy was one I read many years ago and only returned to recently. On this reading it was an even better - recalling in detail a life which has totally gone now but has a wonder and joy in it which we can no longer experience. On having her fortune told - the main character was told she would be loved by people she had never met - for once astrology worked. An excellent piece of literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More, more I want more! Jan. 29 2010
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What a gem! this is a wonderful book, a close up of village life. The characters are wonderfully described and seem to breathe. No wonder it was made into a mini-series.
Read it. You will certainly enjoy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a favourite Jan. 27 2014
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I enjoyed the television series. I found this book to be a heavy read. It was difficult to follow - more of a story telling than a novel that keeps you turning pages. I rarely put a book down unfinished. This was one of those books.
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