This delightful memoir, by the author of Akenfield
, is something special ... a small masterpiece ... beautifully written and full of memorable insights into an extraordinary place at a unique time. (Richard Morrison The Times
A scintillating memoir. (DJ Taylor Independent
)Ronnie's minute observation of places, people and plants, his ear for scraps of dialogue and his feeling for poetry and painting make everything about those days immediate. Vintage photographic portraits and John Nash's drawings further enhance this book ... The Time by the Sea
rings true. As with any real artist, the subject is always in charge, and Ronnie's response to Aldeburgh is one of a deep love of the place - and of humanity. (Maggie Hambling Spectator
Blythe, mostly known for Akenfield, his study of English village life, is the best possible voice to capture the charming but eccentric town of Aldeburgh ... Vignettes of Britten and his fellow festival artists are very appealing, and Blythe tells them brilliantly. (The Lady
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The Time by the Sea by Ronald Blythe is a wonderful memoir of the writer's time at Aldeburgh, as part of Benjamin Britten's circle - published in Britten's centenary year.