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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571290957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571290956
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Al on 3 July 2013
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Blythe's book is a hallucinatory, fragmented but always compelling memoir of an extraordinary time in the fifties when the sea and country-side of Suffolk teemed with poets, painters and composers of great integrity and gift. The author glides modestly in and out of these lives, sometimes with great friendship, occasionally with distant awe. Who could resist a story that links Imogen Holst with Thomas Hardy, the Nash brothers, Edward Fitzgerald, E.M. Forster and Benjamin Britten?
And, like all great books, it celebrates writing itself, and makes you want to read ever more widely, and fizzes with connections, and ....well, you know what it's like. This is why we read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabina on 10 July 2014
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This is a book to savour and read not-too-fast. Ronald Blythe was a budding writer when he came to know Benjamin Britten and became involved in organising the Aldeburgh Festival. E.M Forster was his neighbour, John and Christine Nash were good friends, as was the much admired Imogen (Imo) Holt. The young Ronald Blythe met Mervin Peake and spent afternoons with Cedric Morris and this is mentioning just a few of the creative people the eager Ronald worked and played with. Written in characteristic poetic prose, the vignettes celebrate the Suffolk landscape and sea-scape, as much as they evoke cherished memory of people, places, history and evolving ideas about writing, observing and listening. A nostalgic and involving memoir, with a well crafted sense of time and place, a lovely cover and some black and white photos at the head of each chapter.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M Rushby on 11 Jun. 2013
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Again a Ronald Blythe book, I can not recommend his books highly enough. His descriptions of places make you feel you have been there and that you have met the people.
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Beautifully and eruditely written ,as always. This is a personal memoir of the Author's time at Aldeburgh and the people involved around the festival.Full of insight, it is kindly. I was a little disappointed that there was not more about Benjamin Britten but that is a minor quibble. A well produced book, a delight to handle.
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By Reader of Rushmere on 15 Feb. 2014
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I found this book very informitive. I always like Ronald Blyth's writing. A lot of name dropping of famous people, but for me it had a very local feel about it and I could relate to quite a lot of the writings.
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By walby on 23 Jan. 2014
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Having recently moved to Suffolk I found this book very interesting. Also recently heard the author talking about this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Maggie Kear on 12 Nov. 2014
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My husband who is obsessed with Ben Britten is thrilled with it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Simmons on 30 Dec. 2014
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Beautiful book. Given to someone who lives in Aldeburgh.
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