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Cider with Rosie

Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.

‘Remains as fresh and full of joy and gratitude for youth and its sensations as when it first appeared. It sings in the memory’ Sunday Times

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

In As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, the young Laurie Lee leaves his Cotswolds village and walks to London, where he makes a living labouring and playing the violin. Deciding to travel further afield, he heads for Spain, carrying only a blanket to sleep under and his trusty violin. Only the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War puts an end to his extraordinary journey.

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

A Moment of War

Laurie Lee was still a young man when he decided to fight for the Republican cause in Spain’s civil war.  Imprisoned and almost executed by his own side, he eventually joined the International Brigade. A Moment of War is the story of his experience fighting for the losing side in a doomed war.

‘A great, heart-stopping narrative of one young Englishman’s part in the war in Spain . . . crafted by a poet’ Literary Review


A Rose for Winter

Andalusia is a passion – and fifteen years after his last visit Laurie Lee returned. He found a country broken by the Civil War, but the totems of indestructible Spain survive. A Rose for Winter is as sensual and evocative as the sun-scorched landscape of Andalusia itself.
‘He has a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision’ Guardian
I Can't Stay Long

When Laurie Lee first left his country village aged nineteen, he discovered a delight in the outside world that remained undiminished throughout his writing life. This enchanting collection of his ‘first loves and obsessions’ brings together pieces including recollections of his Gloucestershire childhood,  reflections on life, love and death, and evocative travel writings. Together they capture a world that is lost forever.

Village Christmas

This collection brings to life the sights, sounds, landscapes and traditions of Laurie Lee’s home – from centuries-old May Day rituals to his own patch of garden, from carol singing in crunching snow to pub conversations and songs. He writes about the mysteries of love, living in wartime Chelsea, Winston Churchill’s wintry funeral and his battle, in old age, to save his beloved Slad Valley from developers.

Told with a warm sense of humour and a powerful sense of history, Village Christmas brings us a picture of a vanished world.

‘I finished it with an ache in my heart and a tear in my eye’ Spectator

Down in the Valley

In this portrait of his Cotswold home, Laurie Lee guides us through its landscapes, and shares memories of his village youth – from his favourite pub to winter skating on the pond, the church through the seasons, local legends, learning the violin and playing jazz records in the privy on a wind-up gramophone. Filled with wry humour and a love of place, Down in the Valley is a writer’s tribute to the landscape that shaped him.

collected poems jacket

Laurie Lee is beloved for his writing on a lost rural world. His evocative poetry springs from his deep connection with nature, as he tracks the seasons changing and the years turning over. Yet Lee’s poems also captured war, human relationships and distant places, informed by his own experiences of lives uprooted by change and conflict. Written during the course of his lifetime, the verses brought together in Collected Poems range over Lee playing his fiddle in a Spanish town; ecstatic in springtime of his beloved Slad valley; or digging for faith in the depths of winter.



For a very thorough bibliography of the works of Laurie Lee, please refer to Laurie Lee: A Bibliography by Stephen Oliver-Jones.

Cider with Rosie (1959)
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969)
A Moment of War (1991)
An Obstinate Exile (1951)
A Rose for Winter (1955)
The Firstborn (1964)
I Can’t Stay Long (1975)
Two Women (1983)
Red Sky at Sunrise (combined autobiographical trilogy) (1992) 
Village Christmas (2015)
Down in the Valley (interviews with David Parker) (2019)
The Sun My Monument (1944)
The Bloom of Candles: Verse from a Poet’s Year (1947)
My Many-Coated Man (1955)
Pocket Poems (1960)
Selected Poems (1983)
Collected Poems (2023)
The Voyage of Magellan (radio broadcast 1946; published 1948)
Peasants’ Priest (1947)
Cyprus Is an Island (1946)
A Tale in a Teacup (1947)