Maybe you might like to be part of a book club with me? And we could read Cider With Rosie which I’ve JUST started reading it for the first time!
Cider With Rosie is a memoir by the late Laurie Lee and appears to be very, very beautifully written. It details Lee’s childhood in the very pretty English Cotswolds region. You can see the house he lived in with his mother and six siblings here. Apparently it was bought and then renovated a bit … and then the new owners were told to restore it to its original character, that is reverse their renovations. Ru-oh.
The book opens as the family arrive at that very cottage and Lee’s description of those first hours will steal your heart. Whether it continues to do so I do not know. Maybe you want to find out with me?!
I keep spotting various editions in op-shops all over the place so you might be able to do that too? You could also borrow it from your local library (join now if you haven’t already!) or buy it new here or listen to Mr Lee read the book himself if you have Audible or similar.
A Winter Walk in Laurie Lee’s Cotswalds (including his favourite pub!) – The Guardian
Laurie Lee’s Rosie: What is it like to inspire a writer’s work? – The Independent
A piece about the influence of Lorna Wishart who Lucien Freud calls Laurie Lee’s muse – The Guardian
More on Lorna and Laurie – New Statesman
Rosie With Cider: A 1977 interview with Laurie Lee – The Guardian
Perhaps we could give ourselves 4 weeks? And we could check in here in the comments or on Facebook to share our favourite/least favourite lines and talk bookish things? I’d love that!
Let me know if you’d like to read along with me? I’d love it if you did. Maybe you could read it in the garden? Or tucked up in bed when everyone else is (finally) asleep? Or in a cafe all by yourself with one or two pots of tea?
Do you want to read Cider With Rosie with me?
Note: As with many old or classic books, there may be language, attitudes and events that are beyond the bounds of what we find acceptable in 2021.