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A Ram in the Well: A Welsh Homecoming Hardcover – 5 Apr 2001


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  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 1st edition (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719555876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719555879
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,868,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

After living in Arabia and the Pacific, June Knox-Mawer replants her roots in Wales and this text provides a vivid picture of her rural life halfway up a Denbighshire mountainside and the difficulties, surprises and friendships that she has made during her time living there.

About the Author

June Knox-Mawer was born in North Wales and is the author of five travel books and three novels. She is also well-known as a Radio 4 broadcaster, originally with Woman's Hour, since then presenting a wide range of features and documentaries. She and her husband live in North Wales.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 8 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book through my mother who lives just a few valleys away from 'Hafod'. She spent a large part of her childhood growing up in a cottage just down the track, and has fond memories of many of the characters portrayed, and of the house in question.
I found the book easy to read, and extremely enjoyable. Maybe it does paint a rosier and more 'olde worlde' view of that part of Wales than is actually the case, but it didn't strike me as being pretentious, and speaks of the local community with such fondness that I think they must surely be proud to have been portrayed in such a way. As for the nicknames, having watched Ivor the Engine with Jones the Steam, I feel sure that these are real, if not names that are generally made known to people outside the local community.
Overall the book is full of the 'feel good factor', all-be-it tinged with a little true to life sorrow at times. A really good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Ashton on 29 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found June's account of her search for and discovery of a peaceful haven for herself and her family within the community of North Wales beatifully written. The writer shows integrity and sensitivity to the homeland that she clearly loves and had missed. Her love of the cottage and descriptions of the people within the community that she befriends and who warm to her are described with respect, sensitivity and insight.
I found this book almost poetic. June's skill as a writer is to bring each individual character alive with her empathy and understanding of them. Her love and connection with the cottage, landscape and community is powerful and moving. A lovely book, memorable.
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By A Customer on 25 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
I found this an entertaining and light-hearted book with characters well-drawn and very true to life. It reminded me of James Herriott and Gervaise Phinn books. However the subject and surroundings were original and equally amusing. Ripe for television dramatisation. All in all a good holiday read.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was born and brought up in the area this book purports to be set in and hardly recognised anything genuine. People don't speak south wales english, nick-names never heard of -and not of local dialect,and chronologicaly incorrect. What a waste of money and an insult to the community.
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