Flora Thompson's beautifully observed portrait of village life at the end of the nineteenth century chronicles a society on the brink of change. The Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise bustles with activity. The tightly knit farming community includes the gossip, the midwife, the pedlars, the borrowers and the gypsies, as well as the clerics and the old folk who hate to see the traditions fade. Yet underlying the lively, lyrical accounts of long-forgotten children's games and May Day celebrations, of customs and beliefs, is a sad awareness that this rich culture is about to vanish for ever.
'One of the most sensitive memorials of Victorian rural England.'
John Fowles, New Statesman