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Up With the Larks: Starting Again in Cornwall Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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"Be inspired by this life-affirming story about one woman's quest to change her life" (Woman and Home)
"Up with the Larks is a funny and heart-warming tale of cold winter mornings, mad pets, and close encounters" (Woman and Home)
"The enchanting memoirs of a village postmistress in Cornwall." (Celia Brayfield The Times)
"An enchanting read, stuffed full of affectionate anecdotes." (Western Morning News)
A warm-hearted, feel-good, laugh-out-loud funny story by a terrific natural writer. This is the account of Tessa Hainsworth's escape from the rat-race with her actor husband and her first year as a postie in a Cornish seaside town.See all Product description
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Tessa and her family changed their lives, helped in part by redundancy. If you find yourself in that unfortunate position, then this book is for you. The positivity of starting again shines out of the pages and it is possible that inspired by Tessa and her family, you may feel at the last page (or even before) the urge to get on the telephone to an Estate Agent in Cornwall!
An uplifting and enjoyable read.
I suppose that it's escapism but that's no bad thing: Part of the fun is trying to identify where the various places are. Ms Hainsworth has renamed a lot of places for obvious reasons. Peter Mayle did much the same but still found people turning up and hoping for a glass of wine.
This is another book about people moving for a new life
When I first started it I thought that it was another book from the Fotherington-Thomas school of journalism which is very popular with the Daily Mail.
As Ms Hainsworth settled down her descriptive writing became much better.
Some other reviewers have called her to task over the use of terms like "Maid" etc. I can assure them that these are terms used quite freely to other Cornish and Devonshire people but probably not to visitors.
It's always a bit disconcerting when you hear two strapping chaps call each other "My old lover" for the first time...
I hope that Ms Hainsworth writes some more books and, yes, I have read the other two books that she has published. Hopefully these will have helped pay some of the bills.
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