Dreams of the Good Life: The Life of Flora Thompson

    Dreams of the Good Life: The Life of Flora Thompson

    and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford

    Richard Mabey

    Allen Lane 2014

    Hardback 228pp

    9781846142789   Product Code: 22084

    Lark Rise to Candleford is one of the defining portraits of life in the 19th-century English countryside and a much-loved classic; yet little is known about its author. This highly original biography by one of Britain's finest nature writers interweaves Thompson's semi-fictionalized stories with an account of her transformation from post-office clerk to professional writer. Writing in lyrical prose worthy of his subject, Mabey offers an unforgettable depiction of a working-class woman writer's struggle for creative expression.

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