Starting Again in Cornwall
A warm-hearted, feel-good, laugh-out-loud funny story by a terrific natural writer. This is the account of Tessa Hainsworth’s escape from the rat-race with her actor husband and her first year as a postie in a Cornish seaside town.
Having given up a high-powered job and the lifestyle to match, Tessa Hainsworth had no idea how hard she would struggle when, full of optimism, she fulfilled her dream of moving to rural Cornwall with her young family one September. Within months, she is almost ready to return to London, tail between her legs: her husband is still out of work, her children are struggling in a cold, damp, tumbledown house and the family is running out of money – fast. But a chance encounter in the local post office leads her to accept the unlikeliest of job offers.
Up with the Larks charts Tessa’s turbulent first year with the Royal Mail, and her transformation from outsider to ‘Posh Postie’, adopted Cornishwoman and much-loved member of her new community.
She starts in the bitter darkness of midwinter, faced with the perils of the Christmas rush, a van with a mind of its own and a host of unfamiliar routes, local characters – and their animals, large and small. But, day by day and month by month, she meets and learns to love a wonderfully colourful cast of characters until her second Christmas in Cornwall is entirely different from the first, as the community goes out of its way to thank her with small gifts and other tokens of their affection.
At last she feels Cornwall is home.
“Be inspired by this life-affirming story about one woman's quest to change her life”
Woman and Home
“Up with the Larks is a funny and heart-warming tale of cold winter mornings, mad pets, and close encounters”
Woman and Home
“The enchanting memoirs of a village postmistress in Cornwall.”
Celia Brayfield, The Times
“An enchanting read, stuffed full of affectionate anecdotes.”
Western Morning News