Alice Spawls: Flora Thompson, 19 February 2015
Show More Dreams of the Good Life: The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ by Richard Mabey.
Allen Lane, 208 pp., £9.99, March 2015, 978 0 14 104481 1Show More
“... An outsider by birth as well as by disposition, Flora Thompson took solitary pleasure in observing her fellow villagers. She stored away characters and scenes from an early age – the naughty children who pulled her hair, Queenie who spoke to bees, the annual pig killing, May Day, the harvest – but published nothing until she was in her thirties, and nothing on her childhood until her early sixties ...”