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English Pastoral

by James Rebanks

Hardback £20
Published 3rd September 2020, 304 pages
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THE SUNDAY TIMES NATURE BOOK OF THE YEAR
A Telegraph , Financial Times , New Statesman, Independent, Telegraph, Observer and Daily Mail Book of the Year 2020

The new bestseller from the author of The Shepherd’s Life

‘A heartfelt book and one that dares to hope’ Alan Bennett

‘A beautifully-written story of a family, a home and a changing landscape’ Nigel Slater

‘I was thrilled by it’ Philip Pullman


As a boy, James Rebanks’s grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District hills was part of an ancient agricultural landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, and hedgerows teeming with wildlife. And yet, by the time James inherited the farm, it was barely recognisable. The men and women had vanished from the fields; the old stone barns had crumbled; the skies had emptied of birds and their wind-blown song.

English Pastoral is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. And yet this elegy from the northern fells is also a song of hope: of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future.

This is a book about what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against all the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral: not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.

Details

English Pastoral
by James Rebanks

ISBN
9780241245729

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
Sept. 3, 2020

Dimensions
22.2cm x 14.4cm x 2.9cm

Page count
304 pages