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Good read but ignore the cover reviews
on 12 May 2016
Overall I enjoyed this book but mainly because I live nearby (and used to live very close) to the setting. On which subject why is this kept such a secret? It seems to me that their village is Llanbedr, their town Crickhowell, and their school Llangynidr. I would make a stab at the holding being Milaid Uchaf. I think if I had been given this info I would have enjoyed the book more and could have imagined more of the context. I still know many people dotted around there and guess some appear in this book under pseudonyms.
I'm a bit bemused by the rapturous reviews! The writing is competent but not sensational as the cover reviews would suggest, and it does plod from time to time.
But I would be happy to recommend this to anyone who wants a very interesting account of a town family moving to the country and ultimately failing to engage with it.