The evocative tale of an idyllic childhood in the English countryside.
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.
“A classic of English literature”
Good Book Guide
“[Laurie Lee] froze a moment in time for us. You don’t forget the language and he is wonderful at detail”
Michael Morpurgo, Daily Express
“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”
“So convincing and atmospheric… This magical book will captivate you with its richly painted images”
“Remains as fresh and full of joy and gratitude for youth and its sensations as when it first appeared. It sings in the memory”
“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”
“He had a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision”