The book Akenfield, by Ronald Blythe, was first published in 1969.

It was an immediate best seller, being translated into over twenty languages, including French and Swedish.

In America and Canada the book became required reading in all high schools and universities and has been in print since first published (Dell and Laurel).

In 1999 Penguin re-published Akenfield as a Penguin Twentieth-Century Classic.

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