Reviews

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

    Christine Patterson, The Sunday Times
  • A heartfelt book and one that dares to hope.

    Alan Bennett
  • 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
  • Rapturous ... 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 ... James Rebanks writes with his heart, and his heart is in the right place. We should listen to him.

    Jamie Blackett, Telegraph
  • It moved me to tears, made me feel excited and optimistic, and said, so eloquently and succinctly, all the things I've been thinking and feeling ... It is not just a beautiful book to read, but so important and so timely. A wonderful, thought-provoking, heartlifting read.

    Kate Humble
  • 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

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