Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.
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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
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
One of the great writers of the twentieth century - Independent
An enchanting book, an exquisite farewell, not only to childhood, and boyhood, but also to an England that has vanished -
He had a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision - Guardian
Lee was a poet whose deft passage into prose carried with it much of the rhythm and accuracy of the poet's language -
A wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village... I defy anyone to read this and not long for a simpler life, and the carol-singing chapter always gets me in the festive mood. Totally charming - Brighton and Hove Independent
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, as described in his book As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. In 1950 he married Catherine Polge and they had one daughter. Cider With Rosie (1959) has sold over six million copies worldwide, and was followed by two other volumes of autobiography: As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991). Laurie Lee also published four collections of poems, The Sun My Monument (1944), The Bloom of Candles (1947), My Many-Coated Man (1955) and Packet Poems (1960) as well as The Voyage of Magellan (1948), a verse play for radio, A Rose for Winter (1955), which records his travels in Andalusia, The Firstborn (1964), I Can't Stay Long (1975), a collection of his writing, and Two Women (1983). Laurie Lee died in May 1997.