Born and brought up in Suffolk, Ronald Blythe produced an instant classic with Akenfield
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. There are fascinating 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.
"Their descriptions of a fast-vanishing way of life make you yearn to turn the clock back" - The Guardian