Cider With Rosie (extract); novel; Laurie Lee; 1959

Cider With Rosie is one of the most famous English novels of the 20th century. It is autobiographical, about Laurie Lee’s childhood, family and village life in the village of Slad near Gloucester. On one of the few occasions that the action leaves the village is when there is a village day trip to the seaside at Weston-Super-Mare.

It really describes the beach at Weston well. A few quotes (194-5) in the 1963 edition shown.

‘The seaside,’ they said: we gazed around us but we saw no sign of the sea. We saw a vast blue sky and an infinity of mud stretching away to the shadows of Wales. But rousing smells of an invisible ocean astonished our land-locked nostrils; salt, and wet weeds, and fishy oozes; a sharp differenc in every breath.

Meanwhile, we boys just picked up and ran; we had a world of mud to deal with.

Then the tide came in like a thick red sludge, and we all went onto the pier.

Jump to the place marker on the SEAA map here

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