A Welsh Childhood

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Moyer Bell, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 186 pages
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In the Welsh landscape so eloquently evoked in these pages and so beautifully captured and displayed for us in Patrick Sutherland's stunning, artful gallery of black-and-white photographs that accompany and amplify the text - things gone and things still here exist under a spell which confuses our understanding of presence and absence; rocks and witches, hills and dwellings, mists and meadows animate the author's memories of hamlet and family, schoolroom and pub, with a supernatural loveliness everywhere evident and everywhere elusive. It is the loveliness of passing time itself, the natural force that, on the wings of human awareness, flies forever between this world and the next. Like all of Alice Thomas Ellis's writing, "A Welsh Childhood" is a rich and humorous, humane and inspiriting account of the rigors and rewards of finding a home, and keeping it as best one can.

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These two memoirs celebrate the magic of growing up in small villages in the British Isles during the 1930s and 1940s. For Walsh, it was a time of contentment in a closely knit Irish farming community ... Read full review

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I loved this book, and plan on reading all of Alice Thomas Ellis now. Here's a few samples: "I have absolutely no faith in history since my memory of my own is so vague, conflicting and confused. I ... Read full review

About the author (1990)

Alice Thomas Ellis (also writes as Anna Margaret Haycraft), is a novelist and columnist. She was born in Liverpool, England in 1932. She attended Bangor Grammar School and the Liverpool School of Art. Ellis wrote a weekly column for the Spectator from 1985 to 1989 and for the Catholic Herald from 1990 to 1996. She co-wrote two books on juvenile delinquency with psychiatrist Tom Pitt-Atkins. Ellis also wrote A Welsh Childhood, a book recounting the history of Wales and featuring the photographs of Patrick Sutherland. Ellis has written several novels beginning with The Sin Eater in 1977. The novel won the Welsh Arts Council Award. Other novels include Unexplained Laughter which won the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year in 1985 and The Inn at the End of the World which was the winner of the Writer's Guild Award for Best Fiction in 1991. Another novel, The 27th Kingdom, received a Booker Prize Nomination in 1982. She was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature from 1999 until her death in 2005, due to lung cancer.

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