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The Lost Village

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The ideal of the village - unspoilt, unpretentious, unchanging and growing almost organically out of the landscape - is one of the most potent in the English imagination. Writers, artists and ordinary people have waxed sentimental on the theme for centuries, while today millions have left the cities in search of the English village idyll. et the village is plainly dying, and may already be dead. The unchanging rhythms of village life, as experienced with little variations by generations, have vanished. But not without trace... they exist in living memory. In the voices of men and women for whom the old ways were life-shaping realities. This book will capture and reveal real-life in the English village of past decades and centuries. ichard Askwith, an award-winning writer, describes a journey in search of the true English village, through dales and suburbs, moors and estates. He captures the voices of poachers and gamekeepers, farmers and hunters, nurses and postmen, teachers and craftsmen, and demonstrates that the past is never so simple as we imagine, and the landscape more changed than we thought. ake a journey through England, into some of our most loved landscapes, into th
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A quest for a disappearing England; a dramatically readable search for the fading voices and patterns of a rural way of life

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Richard Askwith is Associate Editor of the Independent. His pieces have appeared in Observer Sport Monthly, Independent on Sunday and Runner's World. His highly-acclaimed first book, Feet in the Clouds, won the National Sports Book of the Year Best New Writer, as well as the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape & Tradition at the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards. He lives in the village of Moreton Pinkney, Northamptonshire.


"A quest, both funny and sad, for the remnants of English country life" * Culture, The Sunday Times * "a penetrating look at eh state of rural England in the early 21st century...unsentimental about the past and unpersuaded by the present's superficiality" * BBC Who Do You Think You Are magazine * "Thought-provoking and highly readable" * BBC Homes & Antiques * "A gentle book, a search for something no longer there, as perhaps it never had been" * The Spectator * "[Askwith] succeeds handsomely, ferreting out a remarkable array of old-timers...their disappearing world captured vividly" * Culture, The Sunday Times *

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