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
“... knickerbockers’. Grant Allen’s free-love novel, The Woman Who Did, was feverishly passed around, while Shaw extolled temperance and vegetarianism in his ‘healthy for the rest of your life’ Jaeger woollen suit. What did Thompson make of it all? In Heatherley, which records her years in Grayshott, the Hilltoppers often congregate in the post office to toss around ‘quick, clever remarks … ...”