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  Title: Suffolk Summer

Author: John Appleby

Date published: 1951

Status: in print

Price: GBP 7.99 (6.39 on

What is it? A fond reminiscence of exploring Suffolk churches by bicycle in the last summer of the Second World War.

What's it like? On Sunday the 13th, immediately after lunch, I cycled to Acton in a third attempt to gain admittance to the church. It was still locked, and the village wore such a drowsy air in the warm, sunny afternoon that I hesitated to look up the verger, who would in all probability be enjoying a nap after his Sunday dinner. Instead, I lay for a while in the peace of the churchyard, listening to the warm wind in the branches overhead and watching the cattle graze in the pasture.

What's good about it? A real period piece, a memory of one of the hottest summers of the century exploring Suffolk churches.

What's bad about it? Nothing really - it's lovely!

Overall rating: 5/5

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