The community of South Riding, like the rest of the country, lives in the long shadow of war. Blighted by recession and devastated by the loss, they must also come to terms with significant social change.Forward-thinking and ambitious, Sarah Burton is the embodiment of such change. After the death of her fiancé, she returns home to Yorkshire focused on her career as headmistress of the local school. But not everyone can embrace the new social order. Robert Carne, a force of conservatism, stands firmly against Sarah. A tormented man, he carries a heavy burden that locks him in the past.
As the villagers of South Riding adjust to Sarah's arrival and face the changing world, emotions run high, prejudices are challenged and community spirit is tested.
Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House) and David Morrissey lead an outstanding cast in this rich and panoramic portrait of community in turmoil. Winifred Holtby's little-known and hard-to-find literary gem is a magnificent masterpiece, to be joyfully rediscovered by a whole new generation of readers.
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This is a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Winifred Holtby's classic novel of 1930s Yorkshire. It is the summer of 1932, and Sarah Burton embarks on a new beginning as the headmistress of Kiplington High School for girls. There she encounters unenthusiastic pupils, distant staff and a run-down building, but she is determined to inspire. When she organises her first community event, she begins to feel more at home. However, her next bright idea - taking the girls out on a snowy clifftop walk - gets her into trouble with local landowner and school governor Robert Carne. As Sarah learns more about Carne's troubled home life and his concern for his daughter Midge, she finds herself increasingly drawn to him. But she soon has more on her mind than romance, as she struggles to prevent bright but poor schoolgirl Lydia Holley from losing her scholarship...Starring Sarah Lancashire, Philip Glenister and Carole Boyd, this gripping adaptation memorably evokes the lives, loves and sorrows of the inhabitants of South Riding.Product Description:
When Sarah Burton returns to her hometown as headmistress she is full of ambition, determined to create a great school and to inspire her girls to take all they can from life. But in the aftermath of the First World War, the country is in depression and ideals are hard won. Lydia Holly, the scholarship girl from the shacks, is the most brilliant student Sarah has ever taught, but when her mother's health fails, her education must be sacrificed - there is nobody else to care for the children.
Robert Carne of Maythorpe Hall stands for everything Sarah despises: his family has farmed the South Riding for generations, their position uncontested. Yet Sarah cannot help being drawn to this proud, haunted - and almost ruined - man.
South Riding is a rich, panoramic novel, bringing vividly to life a rural community on the brink of change.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1966. Book Condition: Fair. New Impression. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Book has some water damage, but book is still completely readable. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87332339
Book Description Collins, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Clean internally with some slight yellowing to page edges. Dustjacket in good condition with no tears or creases. Bookseller Inventory # 9003898
Book Description Collins, UK, 1979. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Goo d Unclipped. 4th Impression of 1966 New Edition. Very good clean tight book. No inscriptions etc. Jacket is very good. Clean and bright. One small closed tear to top of spine at back. Unclipped. Originally published in 1936, this is a novel of Yorkshire life between the wars. It centres on a County Council and the effect of bye-laws and resolutions on the busineses and people. It is full of all the things that make up country life. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Novel. Bookseller Inventory # 016297
Book Description Feb 01, 1966. Book Condition: Used: Acceptable. *Ex-Library Rebound Hardback with dust jacket, rebound/recut by library at some stage, original text block published 1966. Offically withdrawn with usual library stamps/markings. Bookseller Inventory # FBA-13770
Book Description Collins, 1966. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. reasonable condition , might have all the dirt, stains and blemishes that you associate with age in books- intact -ex library some loose pages. Bookseller Inventory # 028278
Book Description Collins, 1966. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P020002217619