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
A wonderful memoir of the writer's time at Aldeburgh, as part of Benjamin Britten's circle - published in Britten's centenary year.
About the Author
In a long and distinguished career Ronald Blythe's work includes Akenfield
, his classic study of English village life, poetry, fiction, essays, short stories, history and literary criticism. His work has been filmed, widely translated, awarded literary prizes and his 'voice' recognised as one of special originality. Blythe is President of the John Clare Society and has always taken part in the cultural life of his native countryside. He lives in the Stour Valley in the farmhouse which was once the home of his friend John Nash.