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Paperback 288 pages
Penguin Books Ltd 28-Jul-05
Blythe, Ronald

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‘The best portrait of rural life in England’ Roger Deakin’Exquisite’ John Updike’The finest contemporary writer on the English countryside’ ObserverRonald Blythe’s perceptive and vivid evocation of the rural Suffolk he had known since childhood was acclaimed as an instant classic when it was published in 1969. It reverberates with the voices of the village inhabitants, from the reminiscences of survivors of the Great War evoking days gone by, to the concerns of a younger generation of farm-workers and the fascinating and personal recollections of, among others, the local schoolteacher, doctor, blacksmith, saddler, district nurse and magistrate. Providing insights into the land, education, welfare, class, religion and death, Akenfield forms a unique document of a way of life that has, in many ways, disappeared.


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