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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.


Utterly captivating

Four Shires

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

Evocative memoir.

RTE Guide

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


An enchanting book, an exquisite farewell, not only to childhood, and boyhood, but also to an England that has vanished

JB Priestly

He had a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision


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Formats & editions

  • EBook


    August 19, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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  • Paperback


    October 15, 2002

    Vintage Classics

    256 pages

    RRP $26.99

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