Released on 17 Nov 2010
Lark Rise to Candleford, by Flora Thompson, Introduced by Philip Mallett
A unique and charming gift edition of Flora Thompson’s rural classic.
Lark Rise to Candleford is Flora Thompson’s classic evocation of a vanished world of agricultural customs and rural culture. The trilogy of Lark Rise, Over to Candleford, and Candleford Green tells the story of Flora’s childhood and youth in Candleford during the 1880s.
Through the eyes of Laura, the author’s fictional counterpart, Flora describes the cottages, characters, and way of life of the agricultural labourers and their families with whom she grew up; seasonal celebrations, schooling, church-going, entertainment, and story-telling are described in fond and documentary detail. Later, when Laura leaves school and becomes assistant to the village postmistress, the same loving details brings vividly to life the rural post office and its staff.
This edition is the only hardback edition available and it features all 30 original wood-engravings by Julie Neild. Phillip Mallett’s introduction explores the rich tradition of rural writing and the special qualities that have made Lark Rise to Candleford such an enduring success. The edition also includes Further Reading, and a Chronology of Flora Thompson’s life and publications. Publication is timed to coincide with a new 6-part BBC series mooted for early 2011.
Flora Thompson was born in 1876 at Juniper Hill, a hamlet on the Oxfordshire-Northamptonshire border. After leaving school aged 14, she was sent to assist the village postmistress. After her marriage she moved to Bournemouth and it was there that she started to write. She died in Devon in May 1947.
Phillip Mallett is a lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews, with a special interest in the Victorian period and the work of Thomas Hardy.