Laurie Lee was born in 1914 in Stroud, Gloucestershire. His most enduringly popular book Cider With Rosie was published in 1959, and was the first in an autobiographical trilogy that included As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) - which famously describes his walk to London and subsequent journey round Spain before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War - and A Moment of War (1991). His varied literary output also included four collections of poetry, a verse play for radio and travel writing. Laurie Lee married in 1950, and together with his wife had one child. He died in 1997.