Red Sky at Sunrise: [Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out …

LEE, Laurie. Red Sky at Sunrise: [Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning; A Moment of War].

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LEE, Laurie Red Sky at Sunrise: [Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning; A Moment of War] London: Viking, 1992

8vo., green publisher's boards, ruled and lettered in gilt along the backstrip; in the unclipped dust jacket featuring a portrait of the author to the upper panel; pp. [xii], 7-536, [ii]; with illustrations throughout by John Ward; near-fine, a clean and sharp copy with very minimal toning to the text block; spine tips a tad compressed; jacket a little creased to edges, particularly the upper edge, front flap with corner crease; a little sunned to backstrip; very good.
First of this omnibus edition, signed by the author in blue ink to the title.
Lee's autobiographical trilogy presents a vivid coming-of-age story, which covers his early childhood growing up in the Cotswolds, through to an account of his journey through England and Spain on foot, and concluding with a gripping chronicle of his part in the Spanish Civil War. Although the first and last volumes were published 32 years apart, they chronicle the author's life, and were collected together under the title 'Red Sky at Sunrise'. The illustrations are provided by John Ward, who illustrated the first edition of Cider with Rosie.
'This trilogy is a sequence of early recollections, beginning with the dazzling lights and sounds of my first footings on earth in a steep Cotswold valley some three miles long. For nineteen years this was the limit of my world, then one midsummer morning I left home and walked to London and down the blazing length of Spain during the innocent days of the early thirties. Never had I felt so fat with time, so free to go where I would. Then such indulgence was suddenly broken by the savage outbreak of the Civil War . . .' - Preface.

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