Author(s): Laurie Lee
Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, this memoir is about the authors childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. It also depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.
The evocative tale of an idyllic childhood in the English countryside
" One of the great writers of the twentieth century."
"" An enchanting book, an exquisite farewell, not only to childhood, and boyhood,
but also to an England that has vanished."
-- JB Priestly
" Remains as fresh and full of joy and gratitude for youth and its sensations as when it first appeared.
It sings in the memory"
-- "Sunday Times"
" It has got... a marvellous morning freshness... There is hardly a sentence in it that does not set the sense of touch and smell, as well as sight and hearing, tingling"
-- "Daily Mail"
" He had a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision"
" Lee was a poet whose deft passage into prose carried with it much of the rhythm and accuracy of the poet's language"
-- Mignon Khargie, Art Director of Salon
"From the Paperback edition."
Laurie Lee was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in 1914, and was educated at Slad village school and Stroud Central School. At the age on nineteen he walked to London and then travelled on foot through Spain, where he was trapped by the outbreak of the Civil War. He later returned by crossing the Pyrenees, as described in his book As I Walked Out one Midsummer Morning. In 1950 he married Catherine Polge and they had one daughter. Laurie Lee died in May 1997. In its obituary the Guardian wrote, 'He has a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precisions'.