'I was set down from the carrier's cart at the age of three; and there with a sense of bewilderment and terror my life in the village began.'
'This trilogy is a sequence of early recollections, beginning with the dazzling lights and sounds of my first footings on earth in a steep Cotswold valley some three miles long. For nineteen years this was the limit of my world, then one midsummer morning I left home and walked to London and down the blazing length of Spain during the innocent days of the early thirties. Never had I felt so fat with time, so free to go where I would. Then such indulgence was suddenly broken by the savage outbreak of the Civil War . . .' - Laurie Lee
Will tell you more about the Civil War than Hemingway or any history book
A prose poem that flashes and winks like a prism
The vivid sensitive, irresistibly readable story of what happened after he left home
This story aches with unforgotten cold and trembles with unforgotten terror
It might not be snowing yet, and you may have to work until the 24th, but you can still get into the festive spirit with our selection of favourite Christmas reads.
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. Read on for an extract.