Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

The beloved bestselling autobiography of an English boyhood Three years old and wrapped in a Union Jack to protect him from the sun, Laurie Lee arrived in the village of Slad in the final summer of the First World War. The cottage his mother had rented for three and sixpence a week had neither running water nor electricity, but it was surrounded by a lovely half-acre garden and, most importantly, it was big enough for the seven children in her care. It was here, in a verdant valley tucked into the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, that Laurie Lee learned to look at life with a painter’s eye and a poet’s heart—qualities of vision that, decades later, would make him one of England’s most cherished authors. In this vivid recollection of a magical time and place, water falls from the scullery pump “sparkling like liquid sky.” Autumn is more than a season—it is a land eternally aflame, like Moses’s burning bush. Every midnight, on a forlorn stretch of heath, a phantom carriage reenacts its final, wild ride. And, best of all, the first secret sip of cider, “juice of those valleys and of that time,” leads to a boy’s first kiss, “so dry and shy, it was like two leaves colliding in air.” An instant classic when it was first published in 1959, Cider with Rosie is one of the most endearing and evocative portraits of youth in all of literature. The first installment in an autobiographical trilogy that includes As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War, it is also a heartfelt and lyrical ode to England, and to a way of life that may belong to the past, but will never be forgotten.

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The 488th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 56th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  2. - 75th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  3. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (UK))
  4. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Red Sky at Sunrise: Cider With Rosie/As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning/a Moment of War Hardcover 483740 $53.64 $5.49 1992
Cider with Rosie (Nonpareil Book) Paperback 243395 $16.86 $3.90 2014
Cider with Rosie Audible Audio Edition 62869 $20.95 2011
Cider With Rosie Paperback 1231588 $13.00 $0.01 1980
Cider With Rosie Hardcover 1262403 $17.87 $21.29 2014
Cider with Rosie Paperback 8171826 $4.53 1965
Red Sky at Sunrise Paperback 1213944 $160.18 $3.53 1993
Red Sky at Sunrise Paperback 5344802 $12.60 $6.50
The Illustrated Cider With Rosie Hardcover 4422940 $0.76
Cider with Rosie: A Memoir (The Autobiographical Trilogy, 1) Kindle Edition 130733 $10.49 2014
Cider With Rosie Paperback 265359 $8.15 $4.32
Cider with Rosie Mass Market Paperback 1632450 $1.76 1985
Cider with Rosie Hardcover 3682507 $79.92 $45.99
Cider with Rosie Audio CD 5529651 $73.95 $31.16 2001
Cider with Rosie Hardcover 5353842 $11.74
Cider With Rosie Hardcover 5035335 $11.47
Cider with Rosie Paperback 4587761 $9.35 $0.01 1978
CIDER WITH ROSIE Hardcover 5697165 $0.27
Illustrated Cider with Rosie Hardcover 744987 $19.99 $0.01 1984
Cider with Rosie Hardcover 3737150 $0.22
Cider with Rosie Hardcover 2278400 $17.41 $34.99 2012