It was the very first binding I dedicated to a school friend of mine, John Coker. It went to America and it is one of my favourite stories. The book is about a large family of eight in the 1920s, living in a village in Gloucestershire, where nothing moved faster than a horse. Laurie Lee talks about himself as a scab-kneed schoolboy. Such a world will never be seen again.
A Picturesque green binding with a golden sun and blind decoration. Bound in brown and biscuit Harmatan goatskin, with onlays of the author as a schoolboy. Decorated with a black tree, using carbon. It really is a daydream of a background, with a suggestion of leaves flying through the air. In fact, Laurie Lee was a daydreamer and a poet.
I coloured the edges in bright sunny colours, and the endpapers are also traditional and colourful. I have housed it in a protective box covered in green and brown buckram, with the title in black. The inside of the box is lined with suede.