Lark Rise to Candleford

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The inspiration for a popular television series that aired on PBS in 2009, 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 Thompson's childhood and youth during the 1880s in Lark Rise—in reality Juniper Hill, the hamlet in Oxfordshire where she was born. Through the eyes of Laura, the author's fictional counterpart, Thompson describes the cottages, ...

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Overview

The inspiration for a popular television series that aired on PBS in 2009, 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 Thompson's childhood and youth during the 1880s in Lark Rise—in reality Juniper Hill, the hamlet in Oxfordshire where she was born. Through the eyes of Laura, the author's fictional counterpart, Thompson describes the cottages, characters, and way of life of the agricultural laborers and their families with whom she grew up—seasonal celebrations, schooling, church-going, entertainment, and story-telling are described in fond and vivid detail. This new edition of the trilogy, the only hardback edition in print, boasts an attractive format complete with ribbon marker and the original wood-engravings by Julie Neild. The edition includes a new introduction by Phillip Mallett, which looks at the background to the books and their enduring popularity, plus a useful select bibliography and a chronology of Flora Thompson's life and publications.

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Editorial Reviews

New Statesman
Our literature has no finer remembrancer . . . no observer so genuinely endearing.
—John Fowles
The New York Times
Flora Thompson's great memoir of her Oxfordshire girlhood [is] a model of the form. The richness of the language, the lingering over detail and incident creates a haunting classic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199601608
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 297,644
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Mallett is Lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Note on the Text xxiv

Further Reading xxv

A Chronology of Flora Thompson xxvii

Lark Rise

I Poor People's Houses 3

II A Hamlet Childhood 20

III Men Afield 35

IV At the 'Wagon and Horses' 53

V Survivals 65

VI The Besieged Generation 87

VII Callers 109

VIII 'The Box' 124

IX Country Playtime 134

X Daughters of the Hamlet 148

XI School 167

XII Her Majesty's Inspector 183

XIII May Day 196

XIV To Church on Sunday 205

XV Harvest Home 226

Over To Candleford

XVI As They Were 247

XVII Hamlet Home 259

XVIII 'Once Upon a Time' 272

XIX 'A Bit of a Tell' 280

XX Mrs. Herring 294

XXI Over to Candleford 302

XXII Kind Friends and Relations 315

XXIII Sink or Swim 323

XXIV Laura Looks On 333

XXV Summer Holiday 342

XXVI Uncle Tom's Queer Fish 361

XXVII Gandleford Green 370

XXVIII Growing Pains 382

XXIX Exit Laura 395

Candleford Green

XXX From One Small World to Another 401

XXXI On Her Majesty's Service 415

XXXII The Green 429

XXXIII Penny Reading 447

XXXIV Neighbours 462

XXXV At the Post Office 480

XXXVI 'Such is Life!' 495

XXXVII 'Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!' 509

XXXVIII Letter-Carrier 522

XXXIX Change in the Village 542

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    A beautifully written image of rural English country life from days gone past.

    I decided to buy this book after watching the BBC series based on it. I loved the series and was delighted to learn that not only was it based on a true story but that the book was availiable. I can honestly say I was not dissapointed in my purchase. While at times the story is slower than the series it includes much more description of country life, which to me an avid scholar of history was fantastic. The great story at the heart of this tale is still intact though and I found myself recognizing lines straight out of the tv series. I would recomend this to anyone who is a fan of a good story and has an interest in English history. For those though that may find the long pages of description to cumbersome I would definatley suggest you check out the BBC version which has much more action and the same great characters. The BBC series is also availiable on DVD from Barnes & Noble. Series 1 now and Series 2 next year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2010

    A small but an important account of Rural England

    Although set in Oxfordshire this is typical of life in any County of England away from the large industrial towns in the late 1800's. Being so it could almost be the long awaited historical textbook without the reader having to pay attention to dates, important people & special events. It is by far one of the best accounts of ordinary people, their lives, loves & fatalities that I have read in a long time. The knowledge base is factual & as such paints a realistic picture of individuals & their effects within & on this small community.
    I am not going to drone on, its an excellent read & although fiction it would be better suited under the non-fiction section of our bookshelves.

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