on 2 November 2014
I've not had the pleasure of hearing Babs Horton read aloud from her work, but her prose carries the rhythm of a folk tale expounded before a roaring fire of black Welsh coal as the unforgiving wind batters at the window.
This story takes the reader back to a baking heatwave whose power drives out almost every dirty secret from its hiding place as four vividly drawn children suffer the trials and tribulations of their narrow existence in a village fraught with poverty, despair and madness.
Gripping, charming and disturbing by turns; tragic and comic in equal measure, yet she shows how love is triumphant if you can rise from the coal-black mud to find magic in the likeliest places.
on 17 March 2013
Had me captivated from page 1. I was born in the 50s and this book captures the time beautifully from the descriptions of the clothes, sweeties, buildings, right down to the rhymes we said as kids. You lived the story along with Iffy and the others and laughed and cried with them through to the end. What characters! A joy to read. Marvellous - writing at its best.
on 22 May 2013
A beautifully written book in every respect. The desciptions and the setting are worthy of Dylan Thomas, in some ways very poetic. The characters, particularly Fatty, are perfectly drawn. I certainly hope Babs Horton has more in the pipe-line.