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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 28, 2005 - History - 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: Voices of Akenfield (Penguin English Journeys #1)

User Review  - Catherine - Goodreads

A short but sweet book based on an amalgam of villages in Suffolk. People from old to young give voice to attitudes and also to a way of life that was changing drastically by the time Ronald Blythe ... Read full review

Review: Voices of Akenfield (Penguin English Journeys #1)

User Review  - Heather Clitheroe - Goodreads

Quite a marvelous book. I cut my teeth, so to speak, on James Herriot's books, and though Akenfield would have been referring more to East Anglia than Yorkshire, the stories reminded me a lot of Herriot's characters. It's quite an interesting - if short - read. Greatly recommended. Read full review

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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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