Ronald Blythe is an English editor and writer, born and raised in rural Suffolk. He is best known for Akenfield, and has published several novels and essay collections, most recently At the Yeoman’s House. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, which awarded him the 2006 Benson Medal for lifelong achievement, and has been the president of the John Clare Society since its founding. He lives at Bottengoms Farm in Suffolk.


The Voice of the People

William Cobbet: The Poor Man's Friend

by George Spater
William Cobbett was born the son of a farm laborer in 1763 and became England’s greatest radical journalist before he died in 1835. George Spater writes of his genius for exposition, and it is more truth than compliment to add that Spater’s own gift for setting out in clear prose …

The Way We Lived Then

Edwardian Childhoods

by Thea Thompson

Roses in December: Edwardian Recollections

by Amy Stewart Fraser
Was there ever such a popular preoccupation with British history as there is at present, such a lusting interest in the past? If, as Tennyson maintained, “all things are taken from us, and become portions and parcels of the dreadful past,” then we are now all hell-bent on retrieving them.

Eager Beaver


by A.J.P. Taylor
An impartial biography does not exist. Biographies are full of autobiography, for who can push his way about in another’s existence without revealing what he likes and what he simply has to accept? Mr. Taylor hurries to state where he stands in this matter. At the very beginning of his …