Friday, 2 January 2009
Classic books about the countryside
This is something we were discussing across on Creative Living, as one of the members wanted suggestions for reading the classic novels. This is my countryside version:
The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White.
Old favourites of mine: Lark Rise to Candleford; Still Glides the Stream; The Peverel Papers (by Flora Thompson).
Rural Rides by William Cobbett
Cottage Economy ditto.
Precious Bane - Mary Webb.
Wild Wales - George Borrow.
Wanderers in the New Forest - Juliette de Baraclai-Levi;
Traveller's Joy - ditto.
Juliette de Baraclai-Levi - Traveller's Joy;
Wanderers in the New Forest - ditto.
A modern country classic - A Moorland Year by Hope L Bourne, a redoubtable lady who copes on an absolute pittance on Exmoor.
Anything by Henry Williamson - especially Tarka the Otter.
Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady - an evergreen, for browsing and continual delight in the illustrations and notes.
Anything by Alison Uttley, especially A Country Child, which is my permanent bedside companion - the prose is superb and the countryside it evokes, haunting.
The diaries of Francis Kilvert, who was a curate in the Welsh borders around 1870-79. Again, a constant companion of mine and any biographies about him.
Anything by Thomas Hardy, because he evoked the countryside of his childhood in the 1840s and told a good tale . . .
Cider With Rosie - Laurie Lee, which I read first for Eng. Lit. at school.
A Small Country Living - Jeannine McMullen
A Small Country Living Goes On - ditto
Wind in the Ash Tree - ditto.
I am sure I will remember lots more later. What are your favourites?