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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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 Moment of War

Author: Laurie Lee

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141929553

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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‘A Moment of War’ is the magnificent conclusion to Laurie Lee’s autobiographical trilogy begun in ‘Cider with Rosie’ and ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’. It was December 1937 when the young Laurie Lee crossed the Pyrenees and walked into the bitter winter of the Spanish Civil War. With great vividness and poignancy, Lee portrays the brave defeat of youthful idealism in Auden’s ‘low dishonest decade’. Writing in the Literary Review, John Sweeney praised the memoir as, ‘A great, heart-stopping narrative of one young Englishman’s part in the war in Spain ... crafted by a poet, stamping an indelible image of the boredom, random cruelty and stupidity of war’
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Spain

Author: Dana Facaros,Michael Pauls

Publisher: Cadogan Books

ISBN: 9781860111891

Category: Travel

Page: 698

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This guide explores the distinctive culture of each region and listing the best places to eat, drink, and stay. It is revised to include the very hottest things to see and do, from touring the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to finding Flamenco bars in Madrid that only the locals know about.
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Andalucia

Author: Dana Facaros,Michael Pauls

Publisher: Cadogan Books

ISBN: 9781860118180

Category: Travel

Page: 340

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A scrutiny of the area's coastal resorts, artistic heritage, from Velazquez to Picasso and the Roman, Renaissance and Moorish towns of Seville, Cordoba and Granada as well as day trips to Gibraltar and across the Mediterranean Sea to Morocco. Previous ed: 1860119123, 1999.)
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