Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:57
My favourite book, which I first read over fifty years ago, is a story based in a hamlet on the Cotswold/Chiltern borders, about rural life, and self-sufficiency, the poverty of the farm workers, and the optimism that most of the inhabitants clung to. Lark Rise to Candleford, written by Flora Thompson, in 1946, when she was an old lady, and based on her childhood in the area, is just so uplifting.
I have walked the area where Flora lived, and the book springs to life - the TV programme never conveyed the magic of Flora's words.
When I walk her lanes, or dip into the book, I am transported back to that evocative age - I feel the need to get out and get my hands dirty, and make sure that I can grow enough food to put on my plate to last me through the year, just as Flora and her parents had to.
Whatever you thought of the TV series, if you haven't read the book, then please give it a try!