As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
is the moving follow-up to Laurie Lee’s acclaimed Cider with Rosie

Abandoning the Cotswolds village that raised him, the young Laurie Lee walks to London. There he makes a living labouring and playing the violin. But, deciding to travel further a field and knowing only the Spanish phrase for ‘Will you please give me a glass of water?’, he heads for Spain. With just a blanket to sleep under and his trusty violin, he spends a year crossing Spain, from Vigo in the north to the southern coast. Only the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War puts an end to his extraordinary peregrinations . . .

‘He writes like an angel and conveys the pride and vitality of the humblest Spanish life with unfailing sharpness, zest and humour’ Sunday Times

‘There’s a formidable, instant charm in the writing that genuinely makes it difficult to put the book down’ New Statesman

‘A beautiful piece of writing’ Observer

© Laurie Lee 1969 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • A beautiful piece of writing

    Observer
  • The vivid sensitive, irresistibly readable story of what happened after he left home

    Daily Mail
  • A poet’s book

    Sunday Times
  • He writes like an angel and conveys the pride and vitality of the humblest Spanish life with unfailing sharpness, zest and humour

    Sunday Times
  • There’s a formidable, instant charm in the writing that genuinely makes it difficult to put the book down

    New Statesman

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