The Lark Ascending

The Lark Ascending

ISBN
9780571338801
Published
05/03/2020
9780571338801
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
368

About the Book

* A Rough Trade, Mojo and Evening Standard Book of the Year *

'Peerless cultural history.' Ian Thomson, Evening Standard

‘Original.’ Guardian

‘Fascinating.’ Mail On Sunday

‘Exceptional.’ Irish Times

Over the course of the twentieth century, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams is the piece of music that has come to define the mythical concept of the English countryside, with its babbling brooks and skylarks. Yet, the landscape is not really an unaffected utopia, but a living, working and occasionally rancorous environment that has forged a nation’s musical personality. On a journey that takes us from post-war poets and artists to the free party scene embraced by the acid house and travelling communities, Richard King explores how Britain’s history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature.

* A Rough Trade, Mojo and Evening Standard Book of the Year *'Peerless cultural history.' Ian Thomson, Evening Standard‘Original.’ Guardian‘Fascinating.’ Mail On Sunday‘Exceptional.’ Irish TimesOver the course of the twentieth century, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams is the piece of music that has come to define the mythical concept of the English countryside, with its babbling brooks and skylarks. Yet, the landscape is not really an unaffected utopia, but a living, working and occasionally rancorous environment that has forged a nation’s musical personality. On a journey that takes us from post-war poets and artists to the free party scene embraced by the acid house and travelling communities, Richard King explores how Britain’s history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature.
  • Richard King

    For the last eighteen years Richard King has lived in the hill farming country of Radnor, Powys. He is the author of Original Rockers, which was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, and How Soon Is Now?, both published by Faber. His most recent book, The Lark Ascending, was published in 2019, and was a Rough Trade, Mojo and Evening Standard Book of the Year. 

“Illuminating, idiosyncratic and never less than fascinating.”
- Melissa Harrison
“Deftly woven artistic and political ley lines mapping and connecting the figurative landscape of the psyche and the literal landscape of the British countryside.”
- Andrew Weatherall

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