Laurie Lee left his childhood village to travel the world, but was always drawn back to his beloved Slad Valley, eventually returning to make it his home. In this portrait of his Cotswold home, Lee guides us through its landscapes, and shares memories of his village youth - from his favourite pub to winter skating on the pond, the church through the seasons, local legends, learning the violin and playing jazz records in the privy on a wind-up gramophone.This is a writer's tribute to the landscape that shaped him, and where he found peace.
|Publisher||Penguin Audio; 2019|
AS I WALKED OUT ONE MIDSUMMER MORNING
It was 1934 and one morning in June, Laurie Lee, then aged 19, set out to walk to London. Here he recounts his carefree journey that ended in Spain on the brink of civil war.
CIDER WITH ROSIE
A hauntingly beautiful account of Lee’s childhood in a Gloucestershire village just after the First World War. It chronicles the traditional village life, which was soon to disappear.
I CAN'T STAY LONG
Collection of essays describing the author's impressions of places visited on his travels.
A ROSE FOR WINTER
This book describes the journey to Andalusia which Laurie Lee made with his wife Kati in 1951-52.
VILLAGE CHRISTMAS: AND OTHER NOTES ON THE ENGLISH YEAR
The author left his childhood home in the Cotswolds when he was nineteen, but it remained with him throughout his life until, many years later, he returned for good. This collection brings to life the sights, sounds, landscapes and traditions of his home.