In The King's England Arthur Mee wrote of Gloucestershire that "nowhere is England more like herself than in the county of the Severn and the Thames".
John Hedley aims to celebrate Mee's words in this book, Double Gloucester, a compendium of drama scenes from the history of Gloucestershire linked by a narrator.
Extracts and titles of works by poets and composers who had connections with the county abound. But the main purpose of Hedley's book is not to highlight the achievements of Gloucestershire's artists, but of its people in peace and war.
Arguably the county's motto, `Prorsum Semper', meaning `Ever Upright' is relevant here, but perhaps that begs too many questions.