Poppyland Publishing is presently working on a re-work of “Suffolk Scene” by Julian Tennyson. Originally written in 1938 and published in June 1939, on the eve of the Second World War. Well-received, with tellingly enthusiastic reviews in the News Chronicle and many local papers, this young man’s unsentimental love of the Suffolk countryside and its people spoke to the yearning of a nation preparing for war, reminding them of everything they feared might be lost. Tennyson was just 23 years old when he wrote the book and by the time it had found popularity he had already signed up to go to war, with a fierce youthful optimism that he would survive and return to his budding literary career as poet and author. His passion for the idea of ‘England’ was his driving ideology, something he felt to be his inescapable inheritance as a great grandson of the Victorian Poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson. He was serving in the army when Suffolk Scene was reprinted in 1940, 1941, 1943 and 1944 but killed in action by the time the last two editions of the 1940s were published in 1945 and 1946. Our edition includes a 21st century commentary by Elaine Murphy, Baroness Murphy of Aldgate, in which she states, “Eighty years after first publication, the changes that Suffolk has witnessed reflect the transformation of rural England in the postwar twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. And yet there is a timeless quality to much of Tennyson’s Suffolk that resonates with the early 21st century.” The book is planned for October / November this year.