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Highly readable, relevant memoir,
This review is from: A Place In My Country: In Search Of A Rural Dream (Paperback)
This must be a difficult book to market. It starts out with a simple enough premise, as described in the synopsis. High flying business man succumbs to a breakdown, chucks up his international jet setter ways and heads off to the rural Cotswolds to find himself. So far, so average you may think, but not really.
This is not one of those run of the mill 'hilarious' we bought a grape farm with tuppence and imagine our surprise when the cat fell down the well and we couldn't speak the lingo to get her out, my how we laughed type things. It is much meatier, much darker, and much, much richer than that.
Walthew is to all intents and purposes writing an elegy, for the father and brother he lost at an early age and whose loss shapes the entire narrative of both the book and his life, and for the country of his birth. Also, I think, a little for himself, the man he shaped himself to be, the man he knew finding himself broken and ignorant of what it means to truly be alive and who learns slowly and painfully over the duration of the book.
It is a simple book, well written, profound and a real pleasure to read.