Ronald Blythe
     Ronald Blythe has written poetry, short Stories, history and literary criticism, much of it reflecting his East Anglian background. His first book, the novel A Treasonable Growth, was published in 1960. Akenfield, his remarkable evocation of rural change, much of which he had witnessed, appeared in 1969. It was followed by The View in Winter, a study of old age. The Age of Illusion and Writing in a War, an anthology, contain further personal assessments of Britain's recent past. From the Headlands, Ronald Blythe's collected essays, was published in 1982 and Divine Landscapes was published by Viking in 1986. His work has been translated and filmed and has received a number of literary awards.
 
Ronald Blythe has also edited Private Words: Letters and Diaries from the Second World War and The Penguin Book of Diaries, and has edited and introduced a number of volumes in the Penguin Classics, including Emma, by Jane Austen, William Hazlitt's Selected Writings, The Awkward Age by Henry James and Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.