Laurie Lee's name is synonymous with Spain and travel writing, but how much of what he wrote bears any relationship to the events and moments described in his works?
In the last episode we looked at the 3 reasons why some people have questioned the authenticity of his travel accounts in Spain.
1. First was the time factor. When I walked out one midsummer morning was written 35 years after his experiences. Time plays games with memories, and the benefits of hind-site can too easily add weight to an otherwise uncertain instinct or impression.
2. Secondly, Lee was a writer of fiction and poetry. He was not a writer of history.
3. And finally there was the ongoing controversy surrounding his role in the civil war - was his book really just a collection of others experiences?
All these factors prompted me to look again at his writings on Almunecar.
Find out the what the villagers had to say of the man who put their town on the map.
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"By our presence on these shores we perhaps too easily slip on the mask of authenticity..."
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