The Country Child
1970 reprint. Cover design by Juliet Renny. Illustrations by C F Tunnicliffe, RA
Rubbing to edges and corners bumped. Spine and covers creased and torn. Pages browning.
This is a book about a girl growing up in the country. Alison Uttley has drawn on her own youth to produce memories so vivid and nostalgic that you can almost smell the honeysuckle and hear the owls calling at dusk.
She writes about the small intense joys and sorrows of life on a small farm : the fun of haymaking, the sadness of favourite animals being slaughtered, and the close sweetness of Christmas celebrations in the farmhouse kitchen.
It will delight everyone who enjoys tales of the countryside and its quiet serenity will stay with you long after more convenional stories are forgotten.