The Messenger Hardcover – 15 Oct 2012
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15 November 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
A beautifully written story of how the life of a brain-damaged little girl is changed and illuminated by a birthday present given to her by her father who is a coal miner. The present is a racing pigeon. The story is set in a narrow Welsh mining valley during the second World War and the characters, the humour and scandalous gossip of this typical valley kept me laughing and wondering if it was based on a real place. The end's a bit unexpected
22 October 2016
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I tried many times to put the book down. The writer entertained me, made me laugh and pulled at my heart strings. I hope I am able to find another book with an author of this calibre.
17 February 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was completely beguiled by the story from the beginning. I am Welsh and found myself transported back to the valleys by the wonderfully vivid and atmospheric descriptions. The characters are superbly well drawn and compelling. I loved the Under Milk Wood aspects of the close community with the gossip and the watchfulness and the lingering sense of claustrophobia and yearning for escape or adventure that some of the characters have. The hard life of the miners is vividly drawn but without sentimentality. I even found myself fascinated by pigeons and their training and flying. A profoundly moving and beautifully written novel.
24 October 2012
A lovingly drawn picture of a small Welsh community, united by its passion for pigeon racing, and set at the time of World War II. Its characters, some admirable, some less so, spring to life, and the reader is irresistibly drawn into their dramas. The final twist - the return of the messenger pigeon from its mysterious destination - is as moving as it is unexpected. Highly commended.
29 November 2016
Wonderfully evocative descriptions of the country side, coupled with a knowledge of racing pigeon s and people make this a powerfully sweet novel. The kind whose characters and atmosphere stays with you. I loved it.