Reviews

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

    Christine Patterson, The Sunday Times
  • Written with the raw power of a three-act Ibsen play, Rebanks shows how good people end up doing bad things to their world without meaning to ... 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
  • Rapturous ... a paean to a more life-enhancing approach to farming ... For Rebanks writing and farming have proved complementary: while working long hours on the land he has produced a book in a pastoral tradition that runs from Virgil to Wendell Berry

    Blake Morrison, Guardian
  • Heartfelt, rich with detail ... This elegy captures the soul of British farming. It is a vanishing world, but some things are timeless ... James Rebanks writes with his heart, and his heart is in the right place. We should listen to him.

    Jamie Blackett, Telegraph
  • 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
  • I have never met anyone so roaringly, joyously in context and content as James Rebanks, belting around his farm in the rain ... The story of Rebanks and his family is the story of what farming has been in Britain but, also, the story of what it could become

    Caitlin Moran, The Times
  • A beautifully-written story of a family, a home and a changing landscape.

    Nigel Slater
  • A heartfelt book and one that dares to hope.

    Alan Bennett
  • A wonderful and timely account of one farmer's lifelong effort to do right by his family, his land, his animals and his ecosystem

    Nick Offerman
  • Wonderful ... I can't imagine anyone starting to read English Pastoral and not being eager to read it all at once, as I did

    Philip Pullman

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