people think Rosie is no longer with us but she's very much
alive and well - in her 90s now - and fit as a fiddle.
classic tale 'Cider With Rosie', which many students read for their
GCSE English Literature exam, is based in Stroud's Slad valley,
and is a true tale about the life of the late Laurie Lee.
story is set in 1917 and draws upon the innocence of rural Cotswold
life at the beginning of the last century.
the novel, Lee recalls his childhood memories, thoughts, feelings
and family life
central character Rosie is one the most well-known literary heroines
in modern literature, but did you know that today she's alive and
well and living in Cheltenham?
- doesn't like cider
Radio Gloucestershire's Mark Cummings went to interview Rosie recently,
and was thrilled to meet her.
Mark: "Most people think Rosie is no longer with us but she's
very much alive and well - in her 90s now - and fit as a fiddle.
It was a pleasure to meet her."
claims nothing really happened underneath the wagon that summer's
day [in that famous passage from the book].
assures me she never took a sip of cider and that Laurie Lee was
prone to exaggeration."
- or Rosalind as she prefers to be known - remained good friends
with Laurie Lee right up to his death in 1997.
literature - Cider with Rosie
married a policeman and moved around Gloucestershire, finally settling
was bombarded with national press interest in the 1970s when she
finally went public and admitted she was "Rosie", although
to her astonishment someone else claimed to be the real Rosie.
Cummings said: "I took a bottle of cider as a gift hoping we
could share a slurp on her sofa, but to my bitter disappointment
she hates the stuff! She made me a cup of tea instead."
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