Return to Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village in the 21st Century

Return to Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village in the 21st Century

by Craig Taylor
     
 

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Ronald Blythe's 1969 book Akenfield—a moving portrait of English country life told in the voices of the farmers and villagers themselves—is a modern classic, a bestseller that has been translated into more than 20 languages. On the 35th anniversary of the book's publication, Craig Taylor returned to the village in Suffolk on which Akenfield

Overview

Ronald Blythe's 1969 book Akenfield—a moving portrait of English country life told in the voices of the farmers and villagers themselves—is a modern classic, a bestseller that has been translated into more than 20 languages. On the 35th anniversary of the book's publication, Craig Taylor returned to the village in Suffolk on which Akenfield was based. Over several months, he sought out locals who had appeared in the original book to learn how their lives had changed, met newcomers to discuss their views, and interviewed Ronald Blythe himself, now in his eighties. The resulting book reverberates with their voices, offering an unforgettable portrait of rural society at a time of great change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781862079236
Publisher:
Granta UK
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
New
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Craig Taylor is a journalist and playwright. He writes for the Guardian and has written for McSweeney’s and the New York Times Magazine. Some of his "One Million Tiny Plays about London" have been staged at the Hampstead Theatre.

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