Over the Bridge is an autobiographical work by English poet and critic Richard Church (1893 – 1972). It covers his childhood in London between the late 1890s and 1913.
Church’s parents were ill-matched, and had a difficult relationship. His father worked as a sorter for the General Post Office and his mother was a highly intelligent woman, a schoolteacher, who was distantly related to the novelist George Eliot. She suffered ill-health and died in 1910 when Richard was only seventeen.
Over the Bridge was awarded the Sunday Times Prize for Literature, and the novelist Howard Spring described it as “the loveliest autobiography written in our time”.