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English Pastoral: An Inheritance (MP3)
Written by:
James Rebanks 
Read by:
Bryan Dick 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
7 hours 25 minutes 
MP3 size:
324 MB 
April 01 2021 
Available Date:
April 01 2021 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Environment & Conservation; Nature; Science & Technology 
Bolinda/Audible audio 
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AUD$ 34.95
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Sunday Times bestselling author
UK Author

The author of the beloved #1 bestseller, The Shepherd's Life returns with a stirring history of family, loss and the land over three generations on a Lake District farm.

James Rebanks was taught by his grandfather 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, that landscape had profoundly changed. 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 how the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. But 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 an audiobook about what it means to have love and pride in a place and how, against the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral – not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.

'Remarkable ... A brilliant, beautiful book ... Eloquent, persuasive and electric with the urgency that comes out of love.'
Sunday Times (London)

'Beautiful and shocking, but ultimately so gloriously hopeful.'
Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

'English Pastoral builds into a heartfelt elegy for all that has been lost from our landscape and a rousing disquisition on what could be regained – a rallying cry for a better future.'
Financial Times