I will start off by saying that Miriam Wakerly has released another book before this one, "Gypsies Stop tHere", and although they can both be read as standalone stories, I would highly recommend reading them together as they are connected and flow wonderfully from one to the next.
When I first picked up both of these books, I didn't quite know what to expect. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Gypsies and Travellers in the media, in conversation among the public, and also portrayed a certain way in TV shows, such as "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding". And I got thinking, what do we really know about the Gypsy and Traveller life? What do we really know about their world at all?
It's clear that Miriam has put a lot of work, effort and research into this book to ensure that the Gypsy and Traveller community is portrayed in a fair and insightful way. One of the things I loved about this book was that Miriam uses actual words and phrases used by the Gypsy community, and I felt this really helped me to connect more with their culture and way of life, it helped me feel like I was a part of their world for the duration of the book. For those of you worried you won't understand the story, the glossary at the back of the book really helps to explain any words you might be unsure of, and after a while, I found myself so in tune with them that I didn't need to flip back and forth to look up their meaning. Although there is a lot of information throughout this book, it is a story first and foremost, and what an enthralling story it is!
There are some interesting and intriguing character developments throughout. Kay and Dunstan in particular are the main features of the story. Kay is a strong,optimistic woman who draws you in and keeps you wanting to read along with her story. We explore a lot more of Dunstan's past as well, and I must say, it's captivating to learn more of his journey through life.
For anyone who loves gaining knowledge, this is a book for you, it provides a lot of information of Gypsy and Traveller history without being overwhelming. At the end of the story I found myself with a much deeper understanding and I felt so pleased that I had given these books a chance. If you're interested in learning more about the Gyspy and Traveller community, or just fancy something different, then try this!