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  • Published: 22 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141044811
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

Dreams Of The Good Life

The Life Of Flora Thompson And The Creation Of Lark Rise To Candleford


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Lark Rise to Candleford is one of the defining accounts of nineteenth-century rural England, yet little is known of the writer behind it. Richard Mabey's moving biography reveals a woman who commemorated village life but also longed to escape it, telling a story of myth-making, transformation and the struggle for creative expression. 

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.

  • Pub date: 22 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141044811
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Richard Mabey

Richard Mabey is the acclaimed author of some thirty books including Gilbert White, which won the Whitbread Biography Award in 1986, Flora Britannica(1995), winner of a National Book Award, and Nature Cure (2005), which was short-listed for three major literary awards, the Whitbread, Ondaatje, and J.R. Ackerley prizes. He writes for the GuardianNew Statesman and Granta, and contributes frequently to BBC radio. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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