Village Hours Hardback
by Ronald Blythe;
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The year takes its shape from the seasons of nature and the feasts and festivals of the Christian year. Each informs and illuminates the other in this loving celebration of nature's gifts and neighbourly friendship. Literature, poetry, spirituality and memory all merge to create an exquisite series of stories of our times. These short essays first appeared in the 'Word From Wormingford' column, a popular back page feature of the Church Times.
Village Hours by Ronald Blythe was published by Canterbury Press in October 2012 and is our 13087th best seller. The ISBN for Village Hours is 9781848252370.
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Village HoursJackie Rowe, via The Good Book Stall
I had not read any of Ronald Blythe's books before, so I began this book without knowing what to expect. I was almost immediately captivated by his style and creativity. The chapter headings are the months of the year, and in each chapter there is a series of essays with intriguing titles. I love the way he links his observations of nature through the seasons with an easy flow of anecdotes about his friends, and quotations from authors such as Samuel Johnson, Robert Louis Stevenson and the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing. On every page there is something that made me smile or think more deeply or both. I think a quotation, taken almost at random, is the best way I can illustrate his style. This paragraph is taken from the chapter 'August' from the essay 'The Dean Dies'. He writes; "This is the day when Dean Neil Collings would have bumped down the farm track, unfrocked in his Monday shorts, all prepared for our church crawl. Instead, he is looking back at me from the Obituary page. No more creaking entrances to wonders within, no more ploughmans' lunches, no more exclamations at the marvels of Suffolk handiwork as we Pevsnered our way through sacred interiors." Reading this book is like having a quiet conversation with a good friend - you don't want it to end.
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Details for Village Hours
|Author / Artist||Ronald Blythe|
|Publisher||Canterbury Press (October 2012)|
|Number of Pages||160|
|Page last updated||15th December 2017|