Up with the Lark

  • by Joan Bomford
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck
  • 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joan Bomford, BBC Countryfile's Farming Hero of 2015, has lived all her life in the lush, rolling countryside of the Vale of Evesham, where cows graze the water meadows of the River Avon and modern life seems far away.
Farming is in Joan's blood. Generations of her family have worked the land, and in Up with the Lark, Joan tells us with warmth, wit and great insight what it's been like to live through an era of such enormous change. Now aged 83, Farmer Joan is still active, making hay, feeding the farm's beef cattle, and running the riding school that she dreamed of as a child.
A natural storyteller, Joan Bomford shares many heartwarming and magical events - like the elephant who came to stay and the gentle tricks played on the evacuees who refused to eat her mother's rabbit stew. Yet her life has not been one long rural idyll - Joan watched helplessly as her cattle were swept away in a sudden flood and witnessed the night sky alight with the German bombing of Coventry - and latterly she's had to deal with family tragedy.
Up with the Lark is a portrait of a forgotten era and a celebration of the qualities that make Joan Bomford an inspiration to us all: her passion for the land, a love of family and a determination to make the most of life.

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Customer Reviews

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Delightful and uplifting

Joan's keen attention to detail and wonderful zest for life shines through this talking book.
I could have continued listening for several more hours.
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- Mrs H

A wonderful story

Would you consider the audio edition of Up with the Lark to be better than the print version?

never had the print version but the audio is fantastic


What other book might you compare Up with the Lark to, and why?

fred archer books


What does Anna Bentinck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

her voice is how i would hope the author speaks


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no i had to savour itt


Any additional comments?

this is a brilliant and easy listen .. how i felt for her when the flood happened ,, i enjoyed this amazing life story and the people in her life ..

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- Mrs. Mary Y. Berry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-09-2015
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton