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My Father's Places Hardcover – 5 Aug 2009
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An enchanting book on every level, Aeronwy Thomas is not just her father's daughter but a skilled author in her own right (Jennifer Worth, author of Call the Midwife)
It [the Boathouse] looks a magical place for a child to explore - and so it proves in Aeronwy's clear-eyed, Laurie Lee-like memories of mudflats and sandbanks, picnics, swimming and going cockling ... this enchanted but unsentimental book ... of her wonderfully vivid childhood - is profoundly moving. (Peter Lewis Daily Mail)
A moving memoir ... beautifully drawn. (Christopher Hart The Sunday Times:)
A fantastic memoir ... both touching and humourous (Image magazine, Book of the Month)
A captivating portrait of life in the often happy, often chaotic Thomas household. (South Wales Evening Post)
Picaresque, chaotic and moving (Big Issue)
Laurie Lee-like evocation of her childhood at the celebrated Boat House. (The Oldie)
An utterly charming picture of growing up with Wales' foremost literary icon. (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)
A charming evocation of bohemian life. (Camden New Journal)
A moving tribute to a beloved parent and a lost world. (Good Book Guide)
A beautiful, evocative memoir of growing up in the shadows of Dylan and Caitlin Thomas in Laugharne.See all Product description
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Much of what she says-particularly homelife, the rows & Caitlin's ancient Irish stews I was told about in the 1950's by my friend-author Henry Treece who stayed with the family in Laugharne. Indeed Treece wrote the first ever critique of Dylan Thomas 'Dog Amongst the Fairies'-not well received by Dylan Thomas!
For someone living in Wales & familiar with the many landmarks,the Boat House & Brown's pub as described in the book it has been a great pleasure to read.
The descriptions were evocative of Laugharne in the 40s & 50s and gave an unsentimental account of Aeronwy's childhood within a family which could well be described as"dysfunctional" in some respects. Her depiction of her mother is much clearer than of her father who was often referred to as "Dylan". Her mother's explosive character, violent changes of mood and occasional neglect of her young children is recorded without criticism or judgement. I felt that Dylan was quite a shadowy figure who was often locked away in the writing shed, drinking in Brown's but occasionally gently reading a children's story at bedtime.
Aeronwy's writing shows elements of her father's talent for depicting scenes of Laugharne without some of the over-complexity characteristic of Dylan's style.
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