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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Greencroft Books (1 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0905559800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0905559803
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A modern Welsh literary triumph... An excellent evocation of the beautiful countryside of the area and the traditions of rural eighteenth-century Wales. It has a page-turning plot, packed with adventure, treason, murder and passion, where the horrors in the drama are balanced by gentle scenes full of the warmth and love of the family at Plas Ingli. And it has, in Martha Morgan, an irresistible narrator and heroine: brave, impetuous, loving, and occasionally vengeful....... The author s intimate knowledge of the subject is apparent on every page. The story is soundly based on historical fact, and allusions to genuine historical people and events give it a feeling of authenticity. But this is more than just a diary of a country lady. Cleverly woven into the text runs a dark and sinister tale.... This book will give pleasure to those who are fascinated by social history and to those who enjoy a gripping tale. --Welsh Books Council

This is a splendidly-imagined and well-told tale of good triumphing over evil. The local colour is brilliantly imagined and the incidental historical detail, unobtrusively woven into the fabric of the narrative, is fascinating. Here is an adventure story in which the narrative never flags. The delineation of the main characters, especially the headstrong and irresistible Mistress Martha, by turns spiritual and earthy, is vivid and true. --Western Telegraph

The writing is vibrant and alive. For someone who had never written fiction before some of the erotic scenes -- not to mention a brilliantly crafted description of a miscarriage -- needed careful handling........ The author lives in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, and he has used that landscape and scenery to fuel his imagination. --Phil Carradice, Writer's Forum

This is a splendidly-imagined and well-told tale of good triumphing over evil. The local colour is brilliantly imagined and the incidental historical detail, unobtrusively woven into the fabric of the narrative, is fascinating. Here is an adventure story in which the narrative never flags. The delineation of the main characters, especially the headstrong and irresistible Mistress Martha, by turns spiritual and earthy, is vivid and true. --Western Telegraph

The writing is vibrant and alive. For someone who had never written fiction before some of the erotic scenes -- not to mention a brilliantly crafted description of a miscarriage -- needed careful handling........ The author lives in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, and he has used that landscape and scenery to fuel his imagination. --Phil Carradice, Writer's Forum

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This book is now in its sixth printing. The Corgi edition may no longer be available, and following the reversion of rights to Greencroft Books, a new Greencroft edition (with a fresh new cover) was published early in 2009. This means that the six volumes of the Angel Mountain Saga are now all available in the same A5 format with the familiar Greencroft Books house style.

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On Angel Mountain is a splendid book which is very difficult to put down. It is written in the form of the diary of Martha, the main character. This gives immediacy & is the key to Martha's complex & fascinating character.
Martha, at the age of 18, marries her lover & goes to live on his small estate on the slopes of Angel Mountain. Her involvement with the family, servants and with new friends give her confidence to play her part as mistress of the estate. It is not an east rite of passage, though. One drama follows another in quick succession. Against the love, loyalty and affection which are given & experienced by Martha come arson, a miscarriage, more than one villain, floods, attempted rape & a fatal disease. Although not a pastoral idyll, the narrative is shot through with Hardyesque scenes of bucolic enjoyment. Martha writes with humour & tenderness of servants, family & farming neighbours at celebrations such as Christmas, New Year & birthdays.
Brian John weaves well-researched historical detail into his book. He describes the simple living of farmers & the abject poverty of farm labourers. The itinerant teacher is a forerunner of early socialism & is vehemently opposed by some of the small-minded local gentry. Here is a link with the rebellious rise of nonconformism in the area. There are small details such as rush-gathering & the subsequent transporting of the horse-drawn sledges. In contrast, there is an international event when the French invaded Wales in 1797. (Yes, really! The French were, of course, repulsed).
The supernatural plays a part in Martha's diary. She writes of her dreams & premonitions & of her complex friendship with the local wizard/doctor.
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Incredible story set in Pembrokeshire West Wales, of the sruggle, loves and lives of Martha and her family living on Angel Mountain near Newport. I can't wait to read the rest of the saga. I was desolate when I finished the book. It sounds barmy but I missed everyone in it so much. Excellent Author!
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Picked this book up while I was in Pembrokeshire as it was in the cottages had rented.
Whilst it was not the book I expected it to be, never judge a book...., I was sufficiently entertained to not only continue reading it but to buy and download the ebook to finish the story.
The book, whilst based on a family in Pembroke, does in some respects give a feeling of the wider events if the time but far more stays within the estate in which it is based.
Enjoyed the read and may at a later date consider the rest of the series, four books. When I am in the mood for more if this kind of well written story
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This book is a moving and gripping evocation of historical West Wales. The portrayal of Martha is psychologically coherent and magnetic. It is rare to find such a well drawn and complex character in modern fiction.
It has all the elements a modern reader could wish for: pacey narrative, intrigue, villains, and historical and local detail. Gets pretty raunchy and even violent in places.
A find! Read it!!
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I really loved this book. The writing is so evocative you could almost be in 16th century Wales. The characters were strong, the sense of place was very strong and I felt like I was really reading the diary of a living person. I felt that all the characters came alive off the page and that was down to the excellent writing. I could almost visualise the people and places which is, to me, evidence that a book has done it's job - to entertain and enthrall the reader. Well worth reading this book.
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The first in the Angel Mountain Saga. At first I thought it slow going but by chapter 3 I was hooked and in fact could not put the book down. The book has a good rhythm throughout with amazing thought given to the moods and ups and downs of Mistress Martha. It is also very in time with the period 1797 with brilliant descriptive narrative of the house Plas Ingli and the area. The reader can easily be transported to the time and place. A very compelling read - you just have to go on to the next page - indeed the next chapter! It is a surprise that this book has been written by a man. I could not wait to read the next book in the Saga. It should come as no surprise that I read all five books in the saga in under 3 weeks!!!
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A little bit slow to get into this book but having connections with Solva, St David's and Brawdy and latterly with Cardiganshire I was drawn into Martha's story and have bought the next one in the series which I am reading now before I start on a different book. I love it.
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This book is a joy to read. It has a great plot and full 3-D characters. Brian John tells the story very convincingly from the viewpoint of a newly married woman coming to Plas Ingli, a farm in West wales, in the year 1797 - the year of the last invasion on British shores, by the French. What interests me most is the way the writer portrays so clearly the relationships between landholders, tenant farmers and casual labourers at the time, and shows how , as many squires were also Justices of the Peace, the whole society was shaped by the attitudes of the rich towards the people in a lowlier position. A true eye-opener, as well as a gripping read.
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