Join James Rebanks, farmer and bestselling author of The Shepherd’s Life, as he discusses his new book English Pastoral. He will be in conversation with Professor Alice Roberts, a biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from James Rebanks as he discusses English Pastoral, a stirring history of family, loss and the land over three generations on a Lake District farm. In this exclusive event, James will launch his new book and answer your questions.

English Pastoral is a story of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and how the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. But it is also one of hope: of how, one farmer is doing his best to restore the life that had vanished, and to leave a legacy for the future.

James Rebanks’s family have lived and worked in the Lake District for over six hundred years. English Pastoral is the follow up to his number 1 bestselling debut, The Shepherd’s Life, which won the Lake District Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Wainwright and Ondaatje prizes, and has been translated into sixteen languages.

In this event he will share what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral: not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.

Make sure you select the Book in Ticket option to get a copy of English Pastoral posted directly to your door as part of your ticket! If you order the book, it will be posted out following the event and should get to you within a week.

We are working with the 4 Indies, Bookends, Sam Read, The New Bookshop and Jarrold as booksellers for this event. If you purchase a book with your ticket you will be supporting independent bookshops.

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  • English Pastoral

  • The acclaimed Sunday Times bestseller from the author of The Shepherd's Life

    'A heartfelt book and one that dares to hope' Alan Bennett

    'A beautifully-written story of a family, a home and a changing landscape' Nigel Slater

    'I was thrilled by it' Philip Pullman


    As a boy, James Rebanks's grandfather taught him to work the land the old way. Their family farm in the Lake District hills was part of an ancient agricultural landscape: a patchwork of crops and meadows, of pastures grazed with livestock, and hedgerows teeming with wildlife. And yet, by the time James inherited the farm, it was barely recognisable. The men and women had vanished from the fields; the old stone barns had crumbled; the skies had emptied of birds and their wind-blown song.

    English Pastoral is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. And yet this elegy from the northern fells is also a song of hope: of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future.

    This is a book about what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against all the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral: not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.

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