English Pastoral

English Pastoral: An Inheritance

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 02/09/2021
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Winner of the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2021

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021

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.

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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141982571
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 194 x 126 x 22 mm

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English Pastoral
Great Book
English Pastoral: An Inheritance by James Rebanks is a wonderful book that takes us into the heart of the English countryside and the legacy associated wit... READ MORE
Rachel  Fox
English Pastoral
Hope for saving our world
Excellent book …about one man’s fight to save our world combining old and new ways he has learnt and is learning on his Lake District farm . Want to share... READ MORE
Joanne Mcloughlin