I think Margery Allingham would have liked this one -
MAIL ON SUNDAY (London)
May 1, 2011 Sunday
BY SIMON SHAW
The Oaken Heart
by Margery Allingham
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Crime writer Margery Allingham, best known as the creator of Albert Campion, wrote this stirring tribute to the people of rural England in 1940, when the country lay under threat of German invasion.
It s a portrait of the Essex village in which she lived, disguised under the name of Auburn, and this splendid new edition also contains extracts from her diaries and letters. The Germans can bomb us all they like, she says, but nothing will get in the way of village cricket, which epitomises the very English secret of combining individualism with co-operative effort .