CIDER WITH ROSIE. With Illustrations by John Ward 1st edition. London: The Hogarth Press, 1959. Publishers hardcover with an unclipped dustjacket. 281 pages. Name in ink to front inner cover else clean and overall very well preserved
First edition, 1st printing with the original section fire at the piano works, later changed to fire at the boiler works.
The classic evocative tale of an idyllic childhood in the English countryside: Cider with Rosie is the memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, “a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.” – The success of the autobiographical novel Cider with Rosie in 1959 allowed Lee to become a full-time independent writer. It continues to be one of the UK’s most popular books, and is often used as a set English literature text for schoolchildren. The work depicts the hardships, pleasures and simplicity of rural life in the time of Lee’s youth; readers continue to find the author’s portrayal of his early life vivid and evocative. Lee said that the creation of the book took him two years, and that it was written three times. With the proceeds Lee was able to buy a cottage in Slad, the village of his childhood.