While the Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy, Flora Thompson's much-loved portrait of life in the English countryside, has inspired a hit television series, relatively little is known about the author herself. In this highly original book, bestselling biographer and nature writer Richard Mabey sympathetically retraces her life and her transformation from a post-office clerk who left school at fourteen to a sophisticated professional writer. Revealing how a formidable imagination can arise from the humblest of beginnings, Dreams of the Good Life paints a poignant, unforgettable portrait of a working-class woman writer's struggle for creative expression.
Celebrated naturalist Richard Mabey stumbled by chance on the works of Flora Thompson, and was captivated by the story of her life and career. An ambitious, largely self-taught novelist, essayist and nature writer, Thompson is best known for the loosely autobiographical Lark Rise to Candleford series, a fascinating exploration of life in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside at the end of the 19th century. Thompson’s vantage point on this pivotal moment in history, as agricultural mechanisation and urban development changed the face of rural England, provides an absorbing portrait of the period, and this warm, well-researched biography reveals Thompson as a talented writer forging a career against the odds.
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th March 2015|
|Publisher:||Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
Richard Mabey is the author of the bestselling, award-winning and ground-breaking FLORA BRITANNICA (which sold nearly 90,000 at -35), as well as many highly praised books about nature and the environment, including FOOD FOR FREE and THE UNOFFICIAL COUNTRYSIDE. His book about Gilbert White won the Whitbread Biography of the Year.More About Richard Mabey