Laurie Lee was a poet, novelist and screenwriter born in the village of Slad, Gloucestershire. His early life inspired his most famous work Cider with Rosie (published in 1959) which documents his childhood and a disappearing way of rural life during the early twentieth century.
The success of this novel meant that Lee could become a full time writer and, after some time spent in Europe could return to his Gloucestershire roots. Indeed, many of Lee’s works were inspired by his life experiences: As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning covers the time Lee spent in Spain and A Moment of War explores his decision to defend the republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. During World War II, Lee worked on documentary films and later as an editor for the Ministry of Information. Cider with Rosie continues Lee’s legacy and is still studied on many school curriculums.