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The year is 1939, the year of the war. The place is Little Ness, a sandstone village in the shadow of the Shropshire hills. Peter Davies was then a boy of eleven, living with his family on their farm in the heart of the village. "A Shropshire Boyhood" is a wonderfully nostalgic and poetic account of the year when he was transplanted into a small-town grammar school, on the very day war began. Peter is a gifted and original writer, and he beautifully contrasts country life - running wild with gypsies, raiding a kestrel's nest, drinking mare's milk - with sophisticated Shrewsbury. Vitality and humour shine through on every page, as the author paints an evocative picture of a rural community that was barely touched by the war, where life was regulated by the farming seasons and the church calendar, and where children grew up with a love of nature that is all too rare today. Filled with memorable scenes and characters, "A Shropshire Boyhood" recreates a world that is at once dreamlike and vibrant.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750943178
ISBN-10: 0750943173
Format: Paperback
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 130
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Ron Davies

Peter Davies was born in 1927 and grew up in north Shropshire. He was a farmer until the age of 22, a teacher for thirty-five years, and retired to play the piano and write.

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