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Reviews

  • Remarkable ... A brilliant, beautiful book ... Eloquent, persuasive and electric with the urgency that comes out of love

    Christine Patterson, The Sunday Times
  • It is a book full of love: of his grandfather, of his children and of the Lake District valley where he lives and farms ... Some books change our world. I hope this turns out to be one of them.

    Julian Glover, Evening Standard
  • A beautifully written story of a family, a home and a changing landscape.

    Nigel Slater
  • James Rebanks's English Pastoral deserves to be called a masterpiece. Four generations of his family building on centuries of their farming in the Cumbrian Fells gives us a poetic, practical, raw and almost miraculously detailed picture of this ancient way of life struggling to survive and to be reborn. This wonderful book was waiting to be written.

    Melvyn Bragg, New Statesman Book of the Year
  • A wonder of a book, fierce, tender, and beautiful. Deeply personal but also global in significance, its pages course with love and concern so palpable I more than once wept while reading it. James Rebanks writes lyrically and passionately of the shadow that has fallen over our relationship with land, and how we might reconfigure the ways we think about it, relate to it, interact with it, and with each other. It's both a sobering, urgent read and a deeply inspiring, hopeful one. The book, and author, are to be treasured

    Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
  • Powerful, important and deserves every accolade.

    Raynor Winn
  • One of the most important books of our time. Told with humility and grace, this story of farming over three generations - where we went wrong and how we can change our ways - will be our land's salvation.

    Isabella Tree
  • What a terrific book: vivid and impassioned and urgent--and, in both its alarm and its awe for the natural world, deeply convincing. Rebanks leaves no doubt that the question of how to farm is a question of human survival on this hard-used planet. He should be read by everyone who grows food, and by everyone who eats it

    Philip Gourevitch
  • James Rebanks's story of his family's farm is just about perfect. It belongs with the finest writing of its kind

    Wendell Berry
  • Ambitious, accomplished ... Rebanks is eloquent - scenes of mud and guts are interspersed with quotes ranging from Virgil to Schumpeter, Rachel Carson to Wendell Berry ... English Pastoral builds into a heartfelt elegy for all that has been lost from our landscape, and a rousing disquisition on what could be regained - a rallying cry for a better future.

    Laura Battle, Financial Times

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