Author(s): Laurie Lee
Andalusia is a passion - and fifteen years after his last visit Laurie Lee returned. He found a country broken by Civil War, but the totems of indestructible Spain survive: the Christ in agony, the thrilling flamenco cry the pride in poverty, the gypsy intensity in vivid whitewashes slums, the cult of the bullfight, the exultation in death, the humour of hopelessness that paradoxes deep in the fiery bones of Spain.
'He writes like an angel, and conveys the pride and vitality of the humblest Spanish life with unfailing sharpness, zest and humour' Sunday Times
Laurie Lee was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in 1914, and was educated at Slad village school and Stroud Central School. At the age on nineteen he walked to London and then travelled on foot through Spain, where he was trapped by the outbreak of the Civil War. He later returned by crossing the Pyrenees, as described in his book As I Walked Out one Midsummer Morning. In 1950 he married Catherine Polge and they had one daughter. Laurie Lee died in May 1997. In its obituary the Guardian wrote, 'He has a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precisions'.