As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Author: Laurie Lee

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141397039

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning is the moving follow-up to Laurie Lee's acclaimed Cider with Rosie Abandoning the Cotswolds village that raised him, the young Laurie Lee walks to London. There he makes a living labouring and playing the violin. But, deciding to travel further a field and knowing only the Spanish phrase for 'Will you please give me a glass of water?', he heads for Spain. With just a blanket to sleep under and his trusty violin, he spends a year crossing Spain, from Vigo in the north to the southern coast. Only the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War puts an end to his extraordinary peregrinations . . . 'He writes like an angel and conveys the pride and vitality of the humblest Spanish life with unfailing sharpness, zest and humour' Sunday Times 'There's a formidable, instant charm in the writing that genuinely makes it difficult to put the book down' New Statesman 'A beautiful piece of writing' Observer
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I Can't Stay Long

Author: Laurie Lee

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241237181

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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'They are memorials to times and countries whose best is probably past and gone . . . I was lucky to have known them when I did, before darkness began to fall from the air.' In this much-loved volume, a mature Laurie Lee returns to the Gloucestershire childhood familiar to readers of Cider with Rosie, a world lost even at the time of writing to the march of twentieth-century technology. Lee also explores the post-war travels that took him to, amongst others, the Netherlands, Tuscany, Mexico and the West Indies. With pieces dating from the 1940s and 50s, Lee captures a world now for ever changed by war and mass tourism, 'when to be a traveller was not yet to be just a labelled unit'.
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Army Wives

From Crimea to Afghanistan: the Real Lives of the Women Behind the Men in Uniform

Author: Midge Gillies

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1781315515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Most families have an army wife somewhere in their past. Over the centuries they have followed their men to the front, helped them keep order in far-flung parts of the empire or waited anxiously at home. Army Wives uses first hand accounts, letters and diaries to tell their story. We meet the wives who made the arduous journey to the Crimean war and witnessed battle at close quarters. We hear the story of life in the Raj and the, often terrifying, experiences of the women who lived through its dying days. We explore the pressures of being a modern army wife — whether living in barracks or trying to maintain a normal home life outside 'the patch'. In the twentieth century two world wars produced new generations of army wives who forged friendships that lasted into peacetime. Army Wives reveals their experience and that of a new breed of independent women who supported their men through the Cold War to the current war on terror. Midge Gillies, author of acclaimed The Barbed-Wire University, looks at how industrial warfare means husbands can survive battle with life-changing injuries that are both mental and physical — and what that means for their family. She describes how army wives communicate with their husbands — via letters and coded messages, to more immediate, but less intimate, texts and Skype. She examines bereavement, from the sé ances, public memorials and deaths in a foreign field of the Great War to the modern media coverage of flag-draped coffins returning home by military plane. Above all, Army Wives examines what it really means to be part of the ‘ army family', in the past and today, and how these women's lives reveal a deeply human experience that is often hidden from those of us on the outside.
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The Reading Cure

How Books Restored My Appetite

Author: Laura Freeman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1474604668

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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'Freeman's pleasure in the food of literature ... is infectious. The Reading Cure will speak to anyone who has ever felt pain and found solace in a book' Bee Wilson At the age of fourteen, Laura Freeman was diagnosed with anorexia. But even when recovery seemed impossible, the one appetite she never lost was her love of reading. Slowly, book by book, Laura re-discovered how to enjoy food - and life - through literature.
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Andalucia

A Literary Guide for Travellers

Author: Andrew Edwards,Suzanne Edwards

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857728652

Category: Travel

Page: 304

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Andalucia is the quintessence of Spain and yet, historically and culturally, it is surprisingly unlike the rest of the country. Its literary history began to develop with the Romans and reached an early flowering when Arabic poets drew on centuries of literary tradition, together with the landscapes and passions of Moorish Spain. Later, Prosper Mérimée, Byron and Washington Irving forged legends of exotic southern Spain that persist to this day and Spanish writers themselves captured the rich tapestry of Andalucian culture, from Cervantes' Seville to the Córdoba of Baroque poet Luis de Góngora and Lorca's 'hidden Andalucia'. With the advent of the Civil War, a new generation flocked to Andalucia and were inspired to write some of the Twentieth Century's most iconic works of literature, from Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls to Gerald Brenan's The Spanish Labyrinth and Laurie Lee's trilogy of books. As vibrant and compelling as the region itself, Andalucia: A Literary Guide for Travellers illuminates the very soul of Spain.
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Village Christmas

And Other Notes on the English Year

Author: Laurie Lee

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241243688

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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From the author of Cider With Rosie, Village Christmas is a moving, lyrical portrait of England through the changing years and seasons. Laurie Lee 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 - from centuries-old May Day rituals to his own patch of garden, from carol singing in crunching snow to pub conversations and songs. Here too he writes about the mysteries of love, living in wartime Chelsea, Winston Churchill's wintry funeral and his battle, in old age, to save his beloved Slad Valley from developers. Told with a warm sense of humour and a powerful sense of history, Village Christmas brings us a picture of a vanished world.
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A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish

Author: John Butt,Carmen Benjamin

Publisher: Ntc Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780658008733

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 572

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A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish is the standard reference to World Spanish which features formal, colloquial, familiar, and popular usage and new authentic examples that contrast Peninsular with Latin American Spanish.
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Spain

Author: Dana Facaros,Michael Pauls

Publisher: Cadogan Books

ISBN: 9781860111891

Category: Travel

Page: 698

View: 949

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Discovers all the colour and vitality of unpredictable Spain: the forthy architecture of Gaudi and gothic streets of Barcelona and the glowering castles and rich monasteries of Castille; explores the unmissable highlights of Andalucia: La Giralda in sultry Seville, the Great Mosque in Cordoba and the Alhambra in Granada, where Spain drifts into Africa; uncovers thousands of miles of spectacular beaches and coastline, from the rugged, breezy Costa Brava to the pretty villages and stunning peninsulas of the Costa Vasca.
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