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Having given up a high-powered job and the lifestyle to match, Tessa Hainsworth had no idea how hard she would struggle when, full of optimism, she fulfilled her dream of moving to rural Cornwall with her young family one September. Within months, she is almost ready to return to London, tail between her legs: her husband is still out of work, her children are struggling iHaving given up a high-powered job and the lifestyle to match, Tessa Hainsworth had no idea how hard she would struggle when, full of optimism, she fulfilled her dream of moving to rural Cornwall with her young family one September. Within months, she is almost ready to return to London, tail between her legs: her husband is still out of work, her children are struggling in a cold, damp, tumbledown house and the family is running out of money - fast. But a chance encounter in the local post office leads her to accept the unlikeliest of job offers.Up with the Larks charts Tessa's turbulent first year with the Royal Mail, and her transformation from outsider to 'Posh Postie', adopted Cornishwoman and much-loved member of her new community.She starts in the bitter darkness of midwinter, faced with the perils of the Christmas rush, a van with a mind of its own and a host of unfamiliar routes, local characters - and their animals, large and small. But, day by day and month by month, she meets and learns to love a wonderfully colourful cast of characters until her second Christmas in Cornwall is entirely different from the first, as the community goes out of its way to thank her with small gifts and other tokens of their affection.At last she feels Cornwall is home....

Title : Up With the Larks: Starting Again in Cornwall
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ISBN : 9781848091610
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Up With the Larks: Starting Again in Cornwall Reviews

  • Clare Coffey
    2019-06-09 10:02

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main reason is that Tessa is a brilliant writer and is based on actual facts! This book is crying out for a tv adaptation and hopefully Tessa would do the screenplay!I recommend this book to friends and colleagues alike. The description of people is excellent and the description of Cornwall in all weathers is truly amazing. For any Americans reading this review, please read this book and you will see that not all Brits are Brideshead Revisted types.

  • Kay
    2019-06-02 02:16

    Up with the Larks: I laughed, I cried, I hated to put it down..... We can read all the back-to-simplicity blogs on ZenHabits, on Minimalist, on TheSimpleLife, etc., but what does it feel like to live it? What are the trade-offs, what is the reward? I found this a restorative story, a renewal book, and yes, a frolic book. The hard parts are given their hulking due, but the rewards are detailed--people, flowers, skies, seas, and the favor at the bottom of the box is the mindfulness that brings happiness, the relationships that feed the soul, nature's healing--they are all painted in delightful detail. There is a sparkle to Hainsworth's style that makes me want to read her other books on life in Cornwall, and the choice to go from Body Shop International Exec to rural postie is huge and very affirming. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever thought about going to a simpler life......

  • Jules
    2019-05-26 03:58

    This made me giggle at times. Having only lived in West Cornwall for 2 years, I could really relate to this book. I'm feeling very aware of my Farrow and Ball painted walls at the moment. I wonder if my postie knows what colours I've used, lol.

  • Lynne
    2019-06-05 09:18

    I enjoyed this book - I love Cornwall and was rather envious of Tessa making her dream come true. Can't wait to visit Cornwall again after reading this book! :)

  • Teresa D
    2019-06-07 07:22

    Too smug, too sweet.

  • Denita
    2019-06-09 04:11

    What a great read. Tessa Hainsworth and her family decide to move to Cornwall from London after leaving her stressful job. All does not go to plan with a business they thought they could start up so Tessa gets a job as a postie. Each chapter begins under the heading of the month of the year starting in November. She gives us an account of her first year there where we meet her workmates and the people she delivers the mail to. There are two more books in the series which I am eager to read. And yes - this would make a brilliant TV series!

  • Jan
    2019-06-07 10:10

    I've finally given up on this one. It wasn't gripping me.

  • Heidi
    2019-06-24 02:23

    Just finished Up With The Larks...Starting Again in Cornwall, the memoirs of Tessa Hainsworth. A warm blanket of remembrances of Tessa's first year in Cornwall and becoming a postie. While she takes us through her trials and tribulations of getting grounded in her new country life, she allows us a look into her new found village life. We meet the others living there and almost become friends with them too. Tessa is dubbed Mrs. Posh Postie on her rounds but a year living in her cottage and participating in village life proves she is far removed from the posh London lifestyle she left behind.I found myself laughing at situation or feeling so down her her in others. I think it is sharpened in the fact that we are also second homers. We have a tiny cottage in the north of Holland which is our home away from the city. I long to be able to do what Tessa did and move there to make it our home. I also understood her feeling of frustration as the emmets (tourists) clog up the roads and towns during the summer season. We have even faced a situation like hers of having to drive in reverse a long stretch of road due to a very rude male tourist who refused to let us pass once. I could really feel her emotions due to that shared common ground.The only good thing about finishing this book is there are two more books to follow. I can revisit some of the wonderful people in Cornwall with Tessa at my side.

  • Sarah Lee
    2019-06-18 09:20

    I saw this book last whilst on holiday in Cornwall, meant to buy it when I got home and then promptly forgot all about it! I discovered it last week, along with 2 others by the same author and bought them all.I have really enjoyed this book. Tessa tells of her move from London, to Cornwall, from struggling with a high powered job working for the Body Shop, to becoming a postwoman in rural Cornwall. It is a lovely well written book, with great descriptions of the Cornish countryside, the landscape, wild life and Tessa's customers. You really care for Tessa and her family and also for her customers. One part made me cry! It is a feel good book about the families acceptance into their community! I am loving reading these books and have already started on the next one in the series. Going to Cornwall soon, so is really putting me in the mood!

  • Belle
    2019-05-31 02:18

    I really did enjoy this book. It was an easy read, relaxing, feel good and I absolutely love Cornwall, so the book was an all round delight. I liked that each chapter was set in a new month, so it was easy to chart the seasons and the authors progress. The book is realistic in that settling in and adjusting to a completely new life is not so easy (especially in the countryside) and I could sympathise with the author; as it can be rather lonely and it does take time to feel it is home. Her descriptions and love for Cornwall were beautiful and her descriptions of people are heartfelt. I almost cried near the end when thinking of Mr Harker and his thank you gift. I'm sure this book could inspire others to follow their hearts desires and make a lifestyle change to happiness. I can't wait to read Tessa's next books and hope that they will be just as enjoyable as this one.

  • Beth
    2019-06-12 04:26

    Once I got into it, I enjoyed it. My main purpose for reading this book was to get a feel for living in Cornwall. I thought she did a great job explaining what is happening when "second home" people are buying up the houses closer to the coast which is raising home values, making it difficult for the folks that actually live there or for those wanting to return home. It saddens me that their number one industry, tourism, is also shooting them in the foot. I am also amazed at how a postie has to meet the needs of each individual residence. Some deliveries were very inconvenient. But being a postie, out in all kinds of weather allowed her to be in tune with nature which was just lovely.

  • Ali
    2019-05-31 04:26

    I wanted to love this book - I wanted to learn a lot about giving up life in the city and moving to the coast, but I found out that yet again you need a chunk of money behind you and to work all hours god sends which I don't know if that defeats the object of moving from the city to the coast.I also didn't like how it was assumed that people who work in London are really rich and that whistles is an affordable high street store - that straight away made me feel like I was not the intended audience for the book.I liked it but I wanted to love it - it won't help you much if you want to move but it was a nice enough read.

  • Els
    2019-05-27 09:27

    Een heel leuk boek over een gezin dat van het drukke leven in Londen naar een rustiger bestaan in Cornwall overschakelt. Het boek is verdeeld in hoofdstukken die telkens een maand voorstellen en zo volgen we het eerste jaar in hun nieuwe leven en de laatste dagen van hun oude leven.Het is een verhaal vol grappige situaties maar ook over de moeilijkheden die ze moeten overbruggen en de manier waarop ze zich, langzaam maar zeker, inburgeren.De auteur geeft veel beschrijvingen en omschrijvingen maar omdat ze zo goed zijn, hebben ze mij niet gestoord. Je voelt dat ze dit vanuit haar hart heeft geschreven en dat maakt het nog veel mooier.

  • Tracey
    2019-05-30 03:12

    I really enjoyed every page of this book. I've got "Seagulls In The Attic" on my wish list too. Its a brilliant True Story of Tessa who used to work for The Body Shop, lived in London, travelled the world and uprooted to Cornwall. She became a post lady driving her little red van to remote places and meeting Cornish charactors on the way. I especially loved this book as i used to live in Cornwall and was often called an emmett. i was told it was a type of ant that stole things and as i came from "up country" to work, i'd stole their jobs! A must read as its sad, funny and lovely..

  • Wendy
    2019-06-19 06:17

    I love stories of people moving from one place (city) to another (country)in this case from London to Cornwall, and making a go of it. I don't know when Tessa Hainsworth has time to write with her job of postwoman in a small Cornish village, but I'm glad she wrote her story. I'm looking forward to the next two books. This one was so enjoyable and funny. She presents the locals the way they are, but is in no way condescending. She loves them and they love her.

  • Anna
    2019-06-05 05:18

    Having read and purchased The MINACK Chronicles by Derek Tangye who also left a high powered London existence to move to Cornwall this had enormous promise to me. Regrettably I was battling from page 1 though I did finish it. A great deal about Royal Mail deliveries. I continued based on others reviews however unfortunately to my mind never did find the reason for the good reviews.

  • Julie
    2019-06-19 03:21

    a family leaves the hectic pace of london to live in cornwall. tessa becomes a postie. on the whole it was a great idea for a book, but just not so very well written. but some of her descriptions were good. the plot was just a bit weak. still, i enjoyed it enough to want to finish it. i'm not sure i would really highly recommend it to my friends to read.

  • Tara
    2019-06-13 06:16

    This book certainly lived up to its genre stereotype: burnt-out city folk decide to give up their posh lifestyle and move to the country, house needs fixing up, the locals aren't friendly, but wait, at the very end, the locals with their pure hearts and simple, uncomplicated lives, finally open up and everyone lives happily ever after. It wasn't bad, just a bit predictable.

  • Laura Head
    2019-06-17 07:16

    A relaxing story about the transition from life in London to Cornwall. I enjoyed the structure of the novel as each chapter is a different month of the year. I found it really interesting to follow the stories of the different families Tessa met on her job as a postwoman.

  • Nell
    2019-06-07 08:26

    This was a pleasant read if a little disjointed. Story of how posh well-to-do woman with good connections transplants her out of work actor hubby and two children to live in nice house in Cornwall and becomes a post woman.

  • Lindsay Winter
    2019-06-14 07:11

    Loved this book very funny and entertaining. I love Cornwall but love it even more after reading this book have even contemplated moving there myself to become a postie!Would love to see it as a T.V adaption would make a great T.V series for Sunday evenings.

  • Isobel
    2019-05-25 02:10

    Entertaining, funny and inspiring.

  • Kate Hipkin
    2019-06-23 02:15

    Good book. An easy read about upping sticks and moving to Cornwall. Thoroughly enjoyed it and want to read the next one.

  • Corinne Lewis
    2019-05-27 02:17

    it was ok, I will read her others, something about it is a bit sickly but ok

  • Janey
    2019-06-10 09:20

    An uplifting book with plenty of light, warm humour but it isn't facile. An enjoyable read.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-31 06:14

    Worth a read if you've ever left the rat race and moved to Cornwall. Whether you love living in Cornwall or loathe it, you'll find something you agree with in this book.

  • Ngdecker
    2019-06-06 05:02

    This book got off to a slow start for me, but I grew to love it. It was fun to read about the people of Cornwall and the author's experiences there.

  • Francine
    2019-06-09 06:26

    Wonderful! Starting again in Cornwall! I WANT THAT! Maybe I will be a postwoman too. A real good read, human, made me laugh and long for Cornwall!

  • Joy Keith
    2019-06-03 09:11

    finished months ago but forgot to update here , great book,living the life I crave in cornwall

  • Ta-pixie
    2019-05-25 03:21

    a holiday read