Bought this trilogy on Kindle to have it always by me. They are 3 of my all-time favourite books, and I have read them over and over since I first discovered them about 45 years ago - superbly well-written, and the evocation of life in a provincial town and its surrounding villages between thhe wars is just wonderful. They are novels, technically, but really they are the autobiography of a great writer and a great man, who should be better-known than he is. This last volume IS a novel, in that the author's voice doesn't appear quite so strongly, and the main character is entirely fictional. It's probably the weakest of the three (the others are Portrait of Elmbury and Brensham Village, by the way), but that isn't saying much - it's still great!
If you enjoy books like Lark Rise, Cider with Rosie, or even Miss Read's stories, you will like this!
on 30 October 2013
A beautifully written account of the characters who lived in his village and the changes that occurred from his childhood ,early 20th century , until the 1950s (contained in three books) Each can be read independently but the full flavour is to be had by reading all three. The author has a kindly view of the foibles,, faults and eccentricities of his community which centered around farming, cricket and the pub. It is an England now passed and the author records it for us with affection, and sorrows at its passing. He is described as a very early ecologist.