1 June 2020 Susannah

Laurie Lee & ‘Cider with Rosie’

For those of us who love England – its landscapes, way of life, history and, of course, its literature, Cider with Rosie is a delightful book. Its language is rich with imagery and makes you see, smell, hear and even taste the things described. I can see young Laurie lost in the grasses, “each blade tattooed with tiger-skins of sunlight”, smell the “smoky comfort” of the family kitchen, and taste the cider which is like the “wine of wild orchards, of russet summer, of plump red apples”. Laurie Lee’s memoir is one of the most sensual books I know!

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Featured image credit- Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie. Samantha Morton in Cider with Rosie (2015), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4117850/

Comments (6)

  1. Christine Park-Strauch

    Read this at school in the late 60s. It stayed with me and in 2018 I visited Lee’s village of Slad in the Cotswolds. We had a few drinks in the Woolpack and chatted to some people who knew him. Paid our respects at his grave in the Churchyard opposite the Pub. A wonderful day!!

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Oh you lucky thing!! I should be going there for a drink in the Woolpack and a walk through the village this year – Covid has put a stop to that!

  2. Natalie Aris Jones

    Cider with Rosie has been one of my favourite books since reading it at school. I recently found a copy on someone’s roadside collection and picked it up for another read, but also because I was shocked that anyone would want to give it away! The image of a time passed, simple village life full of characters – not all savoury is always a pleasure to lose myself in. Laurie Lee writes beautifully of the Cotswold life and even the language is of an era, whoever has wainscots in their house now! Thank you for highlighting this marvellous little treasure again. I’ll have another read.

    Natalie
    Sunshine Coast

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Gosh, how could anyone give it away?? it is a gorgeous book. I hope you find my 25 page guide to the book helpful and that it adds to your appreciation.

  3. Elna Estcourt

    I haven’t read this before, but, being in love with the English countryside, I approached with excitement! However, the detailed and unique descriptions of the minutia of home and village life, so beautifully written, will be what stays with me. Some parts I just had to re read because I loved the play with words. Just to mention one image – the simple description of the frozen pond: “black and flat as a tray, the skaters rolling around on it like marbles” – really caught my imagination. Many pages are filled with more elaborate and beautiful descriptions of simple things.
    I also listened to the BBC recording and watched the movie but felt they did not give me the joy I felt with the book, because so much of the beautiful writing was not included, and the plot lines were not as important to me as the prose.
    The book reminded me that I really should do some more walking in the Cotswolds. So I also bought a book, “The Cotswold Way” (104 miles long!), which I hope to put to good use post-Covid!

  4. Susannah Fullerton

    I am so glad you loved Laurie Lee’s beautiful prose. I agree that the film is nice, but it is the book that really has magic. I hope that my 25 page guide to the book will give you even more appreciation of it.
    Oh wouldn’t it be fabulous to walk the whole Cotswold Way! That’s a wonderful post-Covid aim. I’m going to investigate and might well buy that same book.

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