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This page is all about Alfred's third book of prose, which is now available to read online. Alternatively, it may be viewed in (searchable) text format, directly through www.archive.org (see the links below). As this site is new, this is another page that is under construction.

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Alfred's third book of prose, completed in first draft by spring 1914.

Late in 1914 it was bought by the Wilts and Gloster Standard, which serialised it from spring 1915.

In January and February 1915, he revised the book and submitted it to eight publishers before Duckworth accepted it.

The book finally went on sale on September 15, 1922 - at 12/6 (62.5p), rather than the 10/6 (52.5p) that Alfred pleaded for - and Alfred was pleased with it, telling Henry Byett: "The book is a good one - one, with no excresences, no superfluity of description, etc, which abounded in my earlier works."

Geographically, the book covers the first 25 miles of the course of the Thames, and therefore parts of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Berkshire. He visited 50 towns, villages and small settlements for his research, and 20 of these are featured in detail, especially Highworth, Shrivenham, Watchfield, Inglesham, Buscot, Lechlade, Northleach, Fairford, Cricklade and Bibury.

The main theme of the book is the decay of village life.

It is dedicated to Reuben George and Lou Robins.