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  Title: Corduroy

Author: Adrian Bell

Date published: 1930

Status: in print

Price: GBP 6.39

What is it? A memory of a first encounter with Suffolk rural life, at Bradfield St George, in the years between the wars.

What's it like? Before I left Mr Jolman's shop I satisfied both my practical and colour-loving selves by buying a red-spotted handkerchief. It was a thing I had secretly envied the labourer since childhood, and now I was in a position not only to own one, but to wear it.

What's good about it? The best evocation of the minutae of a single village of the time in print.

What's bad about it? Not much. It isn't for you if your main interest is church architecture.

Overall rating: 4/5

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