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The Day Gone By

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Publisher's Weekly
In an apparently artless, effortless fashion, Adams ( Watership Down ) guides readers on a journey back to his early years in this wonderfully detailed memoir. Born in 1920, the author grew up in pastoral England, blessed in his boyhood with a loving, stable family and the surrounding natural world which he roamed freely, usually with his father, before he was sent to boarding school. That was a vast, discomforting change from his tranquil home, but Adams adjusted, making friends, good marks and mischief. His education was interrupted by the outbreak of WW II, during which he served in virtually every theater in Europe and Asia. This affectionate evocation of ''the day gone by'' closes with the author home again in Newbury and meeting his future wife, Elizabeth. It's a safe bet that readers will clamor for a follow-up to the humorous, poignant and sometimes grim adventures of the early part of a singular life. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)

Library Journal
Adams (author of Watership Down ) divides his life into an idyllic early childhood, his loss of innocence at boarding school after age eight, and his treasured years at Oxford. Those years ended abruptly with the onset of World War II, which hurled him into adulthood. Living in pastoral surroundings, Adams begins to appreciate nature in the first phase of his life under the guidance of his physician father. In boarding school he recognizes his talent for storytelling in late night whisperings. Taking place in post-Victorian England, this memoir comments on class distinctions and the effects of the rapidly changing society of the 20th century on a young man with a sensitive intelligence. Recommended for general collections.--Janice Braun, Medical Historical Lib., Yale Univ.

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Hardback Editions

November 1992 : USA Hardback
Title: The Day Gone By
Author(s): Richard Adams
ISBN: 0-517-09485-1 / 978-0-517-09485-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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April 1991 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Day Gone By
Author(s): Richard Adams
ISBN: 0-679-40117-2 / 978-0-679-40117-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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May 1990 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Day Gone by: Autobiography
Author(s): Richard Adams
ISBN: 0-09-173967-5 / 978-0-09-173967-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

July 1991 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Day Gone by: Autobiography
Author(s): Richard Adams
ISBN: 0-14-014765-9 / 978-0-14-014765-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

December 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Day Gone By: An Autobiography
Author(s): Richard Adams
Publisher: Watership Down Enterprises
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