Impoverished and oppressed, they'd been promised paradise on earth: a land flowing with milk and honey. But what the settlers found after a devastating sea journey was a cold South American desert where nothing could survive except tribes of nomadic Tehuelche Indians, possibly intent on massacring them. Silas James fears he has been tricked into sacrificing everything he loves for another man's impossible dream. But despite his hatred of the politically adept Edwyn Owen, and under the watchful eye of Indian shaman Yelue, a new culture takes root as an old one passes away. A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees is a lyrical and insightful evocation of the trials of the first Welsh Patagonian colonists as they battle to survive hunger, loss, and each other.
Clare Dudman is the author of four novels: EDGE OF DANGER (winner of the Kathleen Fidler award); ONE DAY THE ICE WILL REVEAL ALL ITS DEAD (in the US) /WEGENER'S JIGSAW (in the UK) (with the help of an Arts Council of England Writers Award); 98 REASONS FOR BEING and A PLACE OF MEADOWS AND TALL TREES.
She has also contributed to various anthologies including LIKE CANUTE in 'Beacons: Stories For Our Not Too Distant Future'; THE DREADFUL STORY OF HARRIET AND THE MATCHES in 'Prize Flights' (winner of the Cheshire Prize For Literature); THERE'S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE in 'Perverted by Language' and ECZEMA in 'Logorrhea'.