'It is the most fascinating and wonderful book' Jan Morris.
'such a simple and complicated book, beautifully written and recalled with love and a very keen eye' Mavis Nicholson.
'a peak of modern British writing' Boyd Tonkin, Independent.
'Price's unaffected prose, interspersed with hymnic descriptions of Maesglasau, beautifully evokes a lifestyle that, like the Welsh language, is under threat' Sunday Times.
'Nature and poetry form important themes in Price's novel and it's testament to the translator that the rhythmic quality of her prose hasn't been lost' Emerald Street.
'Price's lyrical prose breathes an almost magical life into the narrative' Editor's Choice on World Literature Today. 'I defy anyone to read it and not be moved. It is like nothing I've ever read before' Historical Novel Society.
'spare, beautiful language, at times biblical in its rhythms ... you will be in the state of exaltation that is conferred by the numinous' Literary Review.
'A way of life is celebrated with dignity and nostalgia in a story beautifully unfolding towards an evocative revelation' Irish Times.
'A gem of a short novel ... The fictional voice Price gives to her great-aunt compels and captivates' Belfast Telegraph.
From the Inside Flap
In the early years of the last century, Rebecca Jones is born into a tiny rural community in the Maesglasau valley in Wales. Her family has farmed the land there for a thousand years. Three of her siblings are afflicted with a genetic blindness, and this gives them the opportunity to be educated elsewhere and in time to find work. Rebecca and her one remaining brother are left behind to maintain the family farm, as the changes ushered in by modernity - the tractor, in due course the telephone, and ultimately the television - threaten the survival of their language and traditional way of life. Rebecca's reflections are delivered with haunting dignity and a simply intimacy, and her evocation of the changing seasons and of a life that is so in tune with its surroundings is rich and poignant. A poetic and beautiful work of fiction, The Life of Rebecca Jones is a powerful meditation on one family's passage through the twentieth century. It was an instant classic when first published in Welsh.