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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
  

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series
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A young Englishman, ‘still soft at the edges’ sets off with violin from his childhood home and walks to Spain. Rich in idealism, hope, the dreams of the young yet laced with poetic maturity, it is also a tale of Spain in the 1930s and the desperation of its Civil War. Travel writing at his finest.

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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

It was 1934 and a young man walked to London from the security of the Cotswolds to make his fortune. He was to live by playing the violin and by labouring on a London building site. Then, knowing one Spanish phrase, he decided to see Spain. For a year he tramped through a country in which the signs of impending civil war were clearly visible. Thirty years later Laurie Lee captured the atmosphere of the Spain he saw with all the freshness and beauty of a young man's vision, creating a lyrical and lucid picture of the beautiful and violent country that was to involve him inextricably.

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In this second volume of autobiography, Laurie Lee leaves his Cotswolds home in 1934, first for London and then making his way across Europe to Spain to join in the Civil War. A marvellous evocation of time and place. (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Laurie Lee was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in 1914, and was educated at Slad village school and Stroud Central School. At the age of nineteen he walked to London and then travelled on foot through Spain, where he was trapped by the outbreak of the Civil War. He later returned by crossing the Pyrenees, as described in his book As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. In 1950 he married Catherine Polge and they had one daughter.

Laurie Lee published four collections of poems: The Sun My Monument (1944), The Bloom of Candles (1947), My Many-Coated Man (1955) and Pocket Poems (1960). His other works include 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 occasional writing; and Two Women (1983). He also wrote three bestselling volumes of autobiography: Cider with Rosie (1959), which has sold over six million copies worldwide, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991), which are also published by Penguin in a single volume entitled Red Sky at Sunrise (1992).

Laurie Lee died in May 1997. In its obituary the Guardian wrote, 'He had a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision', and the Independent praised him as 'one of the great writers of this century whose work conjured up a world of earthy warmth and beauty'.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th May 2014

Author

Laurie Lee

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Publisher

Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Travel
eBook Favourites

Memoirs
Classic travel writing

ISBN

9780241953280

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