Jessy Lee told the Observer: “It’s like being given a great gift from the grave. They really are the most wonderful essays, so rich. It was like a Pandora’s box. I realised there are some incredible bits of writing here that I don’t remember seeing before.”
The new essays – hailed by his agent as “works of genius” – will be among a collection of 32, titled Village Christmas: And Other Notes on the English Year, to be published by Penguin Classics on 5 November. The collection brings to life the landscapes and traditions of Lee’s home in Gloucestershire, from centuries-old May Day rituals and carol-singing on Christmas Eve, to his battle in old age to save his beloved Slad valley from developers.