Lark Rise to Candleford

By Flora Thompson; Julie Neild (Illustrator); H. J. Massingham (Introduction by)
Nonpareil Books, Paperback, 9781567923636, 556pp.

Publication Date: October 2008

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Flora Thompson (1876 to 947) wrote what may be the quintessential distillation of English country life at the turn of the twentieth century. In 1945, the three books Lark Rise (1939), Over to Candleford (1941), and Candleford Green (1943) were published together in one elegant volume, and this new omnibus Nonpareil edition, complete with charming wood engravings, should be a cause for real rejoicing.

The books have inspired two plays that ran in London, and the trilogy has been adapted into a multi-part, long-running television drama series by the BBC. The first series of ten episodes is scheduled to be syndicated on various PBS stations throughout the United States. A second series of twelve episodes, currently being broadcast in the United Kingdom, will follow in the United States shortly after.

About the Author
Flora Thompson was born in 1876 in a hamlet in Oxfordshire. Her first job was an assistant to the postmistress in a town eight miles away. She married young, and her husband became a postmaster. Her first book was a collection of poems, but she is best remembered for her three autobiographical novels which became the Lark Rise trilogy. A fourth volume, Still Glides the Stream, was published posthumously in 1948. She died in Devon in 1947.

H. J. Massingham was a scholar in the early 20th century who wrote about globalization and environmental destruction. Frances Hutchinson is a research fellow at the department of social and international studies at the University of Bradford and is the author of The Political Economy of Social Credit Guild Socialism, The Politics of Money, and What Everybody Really Wants to Know About Money.
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