Laurie Lee greeted his daughter Jessy s arrival into the world with a small, but in his trademark style, lyrical essay, originally published in 1963. This is a republication of that enchanting essay - filling just 40 pages, and published in hardback with a soft and subtle-coloured ribbon marker. This text sums up what so many parents feel when their life slips from simply being just another person to becoming a parent. Every hope, dream and fear is beautifully laid bare in this very readable piece of prose. Some examples: She will not be suppressed too much, nor yet spoiled I hope, but taught politeness, good manners and charm - not as affected graces but as ordinary gifts to make other people happy. ...I ll give her a house full of books, with none of them closed to her, but not expect her to prefer Proust to Pam s Schooldays. Having a child alters the rights of every man, and I don t expect to live as I did without her. I am hers to be with, and hope to be what she needs, and know of no reason why I should ever desert her.