left to right: 'Gone to Earth' by Mary Webb,
'Red Sky at Sunrise' - Laurie Lee's autobiographical trilogy
and 'Four Hedges' by Claire Leighton
Mary Webb is from Shropshire and her book is essentially a novel, however her nature writing must be autobiographical because of its sparkling clarity. It is a very romantic tale but also a tragic one; the anti fox hunting imagery throughout the book is particularly powerful.
The Laurie Lee trilogy comprises his three glorious works, 'Cider with Rosie', 'As I Walked out one Midsummer Morning' and 'A Moment of War'. The cover is wonderfully illustrated by printmaker Mark Hearld and the book is a lovely object to have as well as to read; it made it irresistible to buy. Its been lovely to read 'Cider with Rosie' while living close by to all the places mentioned.
|A very proud blackbird|
|The movement and strain in the men as they plant this tree is so well captured|