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A Lakeland Boyhood

David Clark, Lord Clark of Windermere


David Clark has always believed the Lake District is a special place. His memoirs of the forties and fifties give a unique insight into a thriving rural community of working people which is now long gone. His warm style brings to life his happy years growing up in a family struggling to make ends meet; including facing eviction, which made a lasting impression on him. Working on the land meant the family lived close to nature and he learned the names of all the local flora and fauna.

He rejected a job on a farm for one in forestry. Fifty years later he became chairman of the Forestry Commission. After going to university as a mature student, in 1970 he was elected to Parliament where he spent almost fifty years including a spell in the Cabinet as well as being dubbed the ‘first green MP’. Later he led the successful campaign for World Heritage Status for the Lake District.

The author maintains that those early years of difficulty and freedom shaped his approach to life. He never forgot the experiences and injustices, he simply set about putting matters right. This book is more than nostalgic recollections, and once you have read it the Lake District will never seem quite the same again.





Publication Date:

2020 May


Paperback; 200 x 130mm




35 black and white photographs