• As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

  • By: Laurie Lee
  • Narrated by: Laurie Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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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....

©1969 Laurie Lee (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • alex bowling
  • 09-03-22

superb

Read by the man himself, with the retrospective grace of age, it's as inspirational now as it was when I read it 20 years ago

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  • Hugh M. Clarke
  • 08-24-22

Writing From The Heart

I first read this book in 1981, as I travelled through Spain, visiting many of the places which Laurie Lee refers to. My travels were slightly more luxurious, camping, staying in cheap hostels, using a car and public transport. However, his writing brought these places alive for me, and at that stage, Spain seemed unchanged from the days when Laurie Lee did his travels. Laurie Lee communicates his love of the country in very simple and emotional terms. If this book does not inspire you with a love of Spain, nothing will.

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  • 07-05-22

An absolute wonder!

This has been my favourite book since I first read it at 15 years of age. To now be able to listen to it being read by the wonderful Laurie Lee is a real joy! Now on to A moment of war.