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This review is from: Dreams of the Good Life: The life of Flora Thompson and the creation of Lark Rise to Candleford (Kindle Edition)
I'm a big Flora Thompson fan so I was looking forward to reading this, but although it was an easy, pleasant enough read, as a biography it was a bit of a let-down. For one thing, the author can't seem to decide whether he's writing a biography of the semi-fictional Laura of Lark Rise or the real Flora. I realise there is a lot of overlap but surely a biographer's job is to sort out one from the other rather than drift between the two in a rather random and even slightly confusing way?
It's a very short book, and if you take out some of his digressions into folk music, fashion and nature it would be more like an extended magazine article.
If you don't know much about Flora Thompson you'll probably enjoy this - but if you are already familiar with some of her life story you won't learn much, if anything. Either way, "The World of Flora Thompson Revisited" by Christine Bloxham is far more comprehensive and informative, contains some fascinating pictures (as opposed to the single one in this book) and I'd urge any Flora fan to read that if they want a good, comprehensive picture of her life.