The Life of Rebecca JonesHardback
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- Publisher: MacLehose Press
- Format: Hardback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 190mm x 18mm | 257g
- Publication date: 1 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857051369
- ISBN 13: 9780857051363
- Sales rank: 315,317
In the early years of the last century, Rebecca is born into a rural community in the Maesglasau valley in Wales; her family have been working the land for a thousand years, but the changes brought about by modernity threaten the survival of her language, and her family's way of life. Rebecca's reflections on the century are delivered with haunting dignity and a simple intimacy, while her evocation of the changing seasons and a life that is so in tune with its surroundings is rich and poignant. The Life of Rebecca Jones has all the makings of a classic, fixing on a vanishing period of rural history, and the novel's final, unexpected revelation remains unforgettable and utterly moving.
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Angharad Price was born near Caernarfon. A novelist, critic and translator, she has taught at Swansea Univeristy and at Cardiff University, and is now lecturer in Welsh at Bangor University. The Life of Rebecca Jones is her second novel. Lloyd Jones' novel Mr Cassini was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award.
'It is the most fascinating and wonderful book' Jan Morris. 'such a simple and complicated book, beautifully written and recalled with love and a very keen eye' Mavis Nicholson. 'a peak of modern British writing' Boyd Tonkin, Independent. 'Price's unaffected prose, interspersed with hymnic descriptions of Maesglasau, beautifully evokes a lifestyle that, like the Welsh language, is under threat' Sunday Times. 'Nature and poetry form important themes in Price's novel and it's testament to the translator that the rhythmic quality of her prose hasn't been lost' Emerald Street. 'Price's lyrical prose breathes an almost magical life into the narrative' Editor's Choice on World Literature Today. 'I defy anyone to read it and not be moved. It is like nothing I've ever read before' Historical Novel Society. 'spare, beautiful language, at times biblical in its rhythms ... you will be in the state of exaltation that is conferred by the numinous' Literary Review. 'A way of life is celebrated with dignity and nostalgia in a story beautifully unfolding towards an evocative revelation' Irish Times. 'A gem of a short novel ... The fictional voice Price gives to her great-aunt compels and captivates' Belfast Telegraph.