Tells the story of Thompson's childhood and youth during the 1880s in Lark Rise, describing the cottages, characters and a rural way of life that has long-since vanished. This new edition is timed to coincide with a new 6-part series from the BBC, and features all 30 original wood-engravings by Julie Neild, plus a new introduction by Phillip Mallett, looking at the background of the books and their lasting popularity.
Flora Thompson was born in 1876 at Juniper Hill, a hamlet on the Oxfordshire-Northamptonshire border described in Lark Rise. After leaving school at the age of fourteen, she was sent to assist the village postmistress, who also kept the smithy, and appears prominently in Candleford Green. After her marriage she moved to Bournemouth, and it was there that she started to write. The trilogy of Lark Rise (1939), Over to Candleford (1941), and Candleford Green (1943) was followed by a fourth autobiographical volume, Still Glides the Stream (1948), published the after Flora Thompson's death in Devon in May 1947.