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BBC revisits Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning


Next week’s BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week will be Laurie Lee’s account of walking in Spain, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. The show marks the centenary of Lee’s birth on 26th June.

The memoir was published in 1969 and is the sequel to Cider with Rosie. The author leaves rural Gloucestershire for a epic journey to Spain and then through Spain, starting in Galicia in July 1935,  just as the Spanish Civil War begins.

Lee’s decision to visit Spain was taken because of his knowledge of the Spanish phrase for ‘Will you please give me a glass of water?’

To the right, you can see the cover of the Andre Deutsch first edition with its dust jacket designed by Shirley Thompson. Lee died in 1997. The third part of his autobiographical trilogy is A Moment of War published in 1991.

Here’s a piece of literary trivia – there is a statue of the author in Almuñécar in Andalusia. The town plays an important role in As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning.

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