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The Brensham Trilogy: Portrait of Elmbury, Brensham Village & The Blue Field

John Moore

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VOL. III PUBLISHED 1 JUNE 2018

Volumes I & II will be dispatched now, followed by Volume III on publication in June 2018.
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SFE No. 26 • John Moore, Portrait of Elmbury

Born in 1907, John Moore grew up in Tewkesbury at a time when such small English market towns still had a distinct and sturdy life of their own. Mass travel, mass media and the changes brought about by two world wars would gradually destroy this self-contained rural society, but in Portrait of Elmbury, the first book in a trilogy based on his home town, Moore caught and preserved it in captivating detail. Though far from sentimental, it is a joyful hymn to the fullness and variety of small-town life compared to the life he found in the city.

SFE No. 34 • John Moore, Brensham Village

In this second volume of Moore’s interwar trilogy the setting moves from Elmbury – a lightly disguised version of Tewkesbury, where Moore grew up – to a village nearby. It is the 1930s, there is unemployment, and change is creeping in with mannerless weekenders arriving from the city, a shady ‘Syndicate’ of developers, an ugly petrol station and a local cinema. But there is still cricket on the village green, and Moore and his friends still go fishing, ferreting and bird’s-nesting. Moore tenderly evokes the last shadows of an England that was on the very point of vanishing.

SFE No. 42 • John Moore, The Blue Field

PUBLISHED 1 JUNE 2018

Volumes I & II will be dispatched now, followed by Volume III on publication in June 2018.

 

Index

When Brensham Hill puts on his hat . . .

Almost every morning of their lives the weather-wise people of Elmbury lift up their eyes to glance at Brensham Hill which rises solitary out of the vale, four miles away as the crow...

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Shadows on the Green

The whole vale was carpeted with bloom under a dappled sky. It was a late season; the trees had all come out together, ten million, twenty million boughs had burgeoned on the same blue-and-white...

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There was one day that fell in early December, more exciting than Christmas itself . . .

There was one day that fell in early December, more exciting than Christmas itself; the day of Christmas market . . . . . . Always on this occasion my father’s firm provided sandwiches and drinks...

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