THE HANDKERCHIEF TREE

THE JOURNALS OF FREDERICK GRICE 1946-83

2021
Cricklade: Anthony Eyre at the Mount Orleans Press
ISBN 978-1-912945-28-3

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‘My life is so interesting that I think I shall feel aggrieved when I come to have to leave it.’ So speculated Fred Grice in 1975, aged 65, revealing his impish sense of humour. His life was interesting because he was interested: and his powers of observation and descriptive abilities have created this fascinating Journal. Rather than slowing down at retirement his interests spread and multiplied, starting from Worcester in the post-war years in the early 1980s. Observing the West Midland region and describing it simply and vividly, he brings to life the many characters he came across in his exploration of the lanes of Worcestershire and the valleys of the Severn and Wye. His interest in literature, landscape, nature, and a sense of place fill the pages of his Journal, together with entries on the passing of the seasons, architecture, archaeology, art galleries and museum, theatre and cinema. A great admirer of Francis Kilvert, the diarist, Fred found in him a model and inspiration.