Village Christmas



Derek Jacobi reads Laurie Lee's evocative portrait of England in the last century.

Derek Jacobi reads from a new collection of Laurie Lee's writings, including newly discovered pieces by his daughter Jessy Lee, which return to the landscape and traditions of his rural home in Slad as well as a changing London in the last century.

Laurie Lee's classic memoir Cider With Rosie, his lyrical evocation of an early life in Gloucestershire, launched his writing career in the late 1950s and continues to be one of England's most popular books.

Writer: Laurie Lee
Reader: Derek Jacobi
Abridged and produced by Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.