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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 28, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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This colourful, perceptive portrayal of English country life 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 farming, 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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Review: Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village

User Review  - Yasmin Ward - Goodreads

This is a beautiful insight into village life. It is full of prose. The transcribed interviews of the villagers have a quality of simplicity and stillness that seems to come from the villagers ... Read full review

Review: Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village

User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

I now live in Suffolk and found this a really fascinating and charming historical description of live in the late 1960's. Listening(reading)different peoples' lives and hopes was both uplifting and at ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Ronald Blythe has written poetry, short stories, history and literary criticism, much of it reflecting his East Anglian background. He is the author of A Treasonable Growth, The Age of Illusion and The View in Winter and the editor of The Penguin Book of Diaries. His work has been translated and has received a number of literary awards.

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