Laurie Lee — As I Walked Out One Summer Morning

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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning are the memoirs by Laurie Lee and a sequel to Cider with Rosie which detailed his early life in Gloucestershire after the First World War. In this sequel Lee leaves the security of his Cotswold village of Slad in Gloucestershire to start a new life, at the same time embarking on an epic journey on foot. It is 1934, and Lee walks to London from his Cotswolds home. He lives by playing the violin and, later, labouring on a building site in London. After this work draws to a finish, and having picked up the Spanish for “Will you please give me a glass of water?”, he decides to go to Spain. He scrapes together a living by playing his violin outside cafés, and sleeps at night in his blanket under the open sky or in cheap, rough posadas. For a year he tramps through Spain, from Vigo in the north to the south coast, where he is trapped by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War


London: Andre Deutsch, 1969 (1969). Publishers hardcover with an unclipped dustjacket. 281 pages. Name in ink to front inner cover else clean and overall well preserved

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Laurie Lee — As I Walked Out One Summer Morning