Great Meadow

Great Meadow (1992)

First Published: Viking
Published: Bloomsbury, 2012
ISBN: 0-670-84758-5

From 1927 to 1934 Dirk spent his holidays on the Sussex Downs with his sister Elizabeth and their devoted but strict nanny, ‘Lally’. It was a time of the gleaning at the end of the summer, of harvests and harvest mice, of oil lamps, of wells and of incredible, enchanting adventure. Seen through the eyes of an innocent, shrewd young boy, Great Meadow recaptures an idyllic childhood, a lost time of love and gentleness, with its sounds and scents intact, while the world beyond prepared for war.

‘Bogarde writes with a love for his vanished world that is undisguised and unmistakable. He has brought back a land of lost content, and its lamps still shine’

The Times Literary Supplement