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Lucy Gannon – The Amazingly Astonishing Story

Lucy Gannon The Amazingly Astonishing Story recensie en informatie over dit boek met jeugdherinnering. Op 21 oktober 2020 verschijnt bij Uitgeverij Seren Books dit nieuwe autobiografische boek van de Engelse toneelschrijfster Lucy Gannon.

Lucy Gannon The Amazingly Astonishing Story Recensie en Informatie

Als de redactie het boek leest, kun je op deze pagina de recensie en waardering vinden van The Amazingly Astonishing Story. Het boek is geschreven door Lucy Gannon. Daarnaast zijn hier gegevens van de uitgave en bestelmogelijkheden opgenomen. Bovendien kun je op deze pagina informatie lezen over de inhoud van dit boek met jeugdherinneringen van de Engelse schrijfster Lucy Gannon.

Lucy Gannon The Amazingly Astonishing Story

The Amazingly Astonishing Story

  • Schrijfster: Lucy Gannon (Engeland)
  • Soort boek: jeugdherinneringen
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Seren Books
  • Verschijnt: 21 oktober 2020
  • Omvang: 272 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: Gebonden Boek

Flaptekst van het boek met jeugdherinneringen van Lucy Gannon

By turns laugh out loud funny and deeply sad, The Amazingly Astonishing Story is Lucy Gannon’s childhood memoir, a frank and surprising look into a child’s tumultuous mind. A soldier’s daughter, Lucy lived in many places but after the death of her mother when Lucy was six, she was lodged with relatives in Lancashire, taken in only because the Army paid an allowance for her care. Escape beckoned when her father remarried but Lucy and her brothers soon found they had swapped one difficult situation for another. The boys fled into the armed forces leaving Lucy behind, a loathed gooseberry in her father’s second and passionate marriage.

Lucy’s escape was her convent school where, though abysmal at maths, she discovered a flair for writing and in the nuns she found warmth and understanding. Forced to leave home at sixteen, she joined the Women’s Royal Army Corps (‘the only organisation desperate enough to take me on’).

Vividly told, The Amazingly Astonishing Story is a classic story of a working-class girl growing up in the fifties and sixties, where dreams and reality seem irreconcilable. Her Catholic upbringing, a father torn between his daughter and his new wife, her irreverent imagination and stubborn determination to enjoy life , all mean that Lucy Gannon really does have an amazing story (including meeting the Beatles in her school grounds) as she finds her place in the world.

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Daniel Butler – The Owl House

Daniel Butler The Owl House recensie en informatie over de inhoud van dit natuurboek over de kerkuil. Op 19 oktober2020 verschijnt bij Uitgeverij Seren Books dit non-fictie natuurboek van de Welsh schrijver Daniel Butler.

Daniel Butler The Owl House Recensie en Informatie

Als de redactie het boek leest, kun je op deze pagina de recensie en waardering vinden van de The Owl House. Het boek is geschreven door Angela Graham. Daarnaast zijn hier gegevens van de uitgave en bestelmogelijkheden opgenomen. Bovendien kun je op deze pagina informatie lezen over de inhoud van het boek met natuurverhalen over de kerkuil en het leven op een zeventiende-eeuwse oude boerderij in de Cambrian Mountains, geschreven door Daniel Butler.

Daniel Butler The Owl House

The Owl House

  • Schrijver: Daniel Butler (Wales)
  • Soort boek: natuurboek, non-fictie
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Seren Books
  • Verschijnt: 19 oktober 2020
  • Omvang: 256 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: Paperback

Flaptekst van het natuurboek over de kerkuil

For the past 25 years Daniel Butler has lived in a sixteenth century farmhouse in the Cambrian Mountains near Rhayader, where he has kept hawks for almost as long. The Owl House, however, is his account of his relationship with two wild birds, barn owls which have nested at the farm over the years. In that time they have become tame, allowing unusually close observation, and Butler is able to record the lives of these two birds and his familiarity with them in extraordinary detail.

This intimate relationship becomes the starting point for an exploration of how the landscape around Butler’s farmhouse – and further afield – has altered over the years, and with it the fortunes of all kinds of wildlife, and in particular those of birds. The changing face of the British countryside is a story of habitat loss, human development and increased traffic and roads; increased housing; noise pollution (especially important for owls); changing farming techniques and land use; the use of agrochemicals; and human indifference to the effects of this. The Cambrian Mountains may be one of the most remote and sparsely populated parts of Britain but it is not immune to physical change and the loss of local tradition and ways of living.

The Owl House is a book of multiple but interwoven themes, including pastoral writing; the relationship between man and bird; environmental exploration. Daniel Butler’s knowledge of birds, the natural world and his particular locale meld these into an evocative and informative book.

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Angela Graham – A City Burning

Angela Graham A City Burning recensie en informatie over de inhoud van de verhalenbundel. Op 21 oktober2020 verschijnt bij Uitgeverij Seren Books de verhalenbundel van de Welsh filmmaker en schrijfster Angela Graham.

Angela Graham A City Burning Recensie en Informatie

Als de redactie het boek leest, kun je op deze pagina de recensie en waardering vinden van de verhalenbundel A City Burning. Het boek is geschreven door Angela Graham. Daarnaast zijn hier gegevens van de uitgave en bestelmogelijkheden opgenomen. Bovendien kun je op deze pagina informatie lezen over de inhoud van het boek met twintig verhalen van de filmmaker en schrijfster uit Wales Angela Graham.

Angela Graham A City Burning.

A City Burning

  • Schrijfster: Angela Graham (Wales)
  • Soort boek: verhalen
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Seren Books
  • Verschijnt: 21 oktober 2020
  • Omvang: 240 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: Paperback

Flaptekst van de verhalenbundel van Angela Graham

In the twenty-six stories in A City Burning, set in Wales, Northern Ireland and Italy, children and adults face, in the flames of personal tragedy, moments of potential transformation. On the threshold of their futures each must make a choice: how to live in this new ‘now’. Some of these moments occur in mundane circumstances, others amidst tragedy or drama.

Waiting for the return of demoralized prisoners of war, an Italian is offered a shocking way to rebuild his world; on the Antrim coastline a man is pushed to the edge by the demons of his neurotic family; in the south Wales valleys during the pandemic a domiciliary carer flounders in the front line of the workers’ struggle. A teenager disheartened by a Covid future; a terrorist in love; a vindictive clergyman; an actor interrogating her role for light on her own hampered life. They are ordinary people caught at crisis point, each rendered with a fierce perception of injustice and brutality.

But there is lyricism too, wry humour and a sharp engagement with language – Italian, Ulster Scots, Welsh. As well as meeting protagonists in their own countries, we find the Irish in Italy, the Italians in Wales, the Welsh in Northern Ireland.

A cinematic sense of focus and place grounds the action: a dry-as-dust bookshop provides a sensual encounter stimulated by the dead; two young priests in a Vatican kitchen collide erotically; nemesis strikes − from the skies − in a hospital corridor.

With a virtuoso control of tone, by turns elegiac, comic, lyrical, philosophical, A City Burning examines power of all types, exploring conflicts between political allegiances; between autonomy and intimacy; emotional display and concealment; resistance versus acceptance. The result is a deeply human book full of hauntingly memorable characters and narratives.

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Daryl Leeworthy – Elaine Morgan Biografie

Daryl Leeworthy Elaine Morgan Biografie recensie en informatie. Op 3 november 2020 verschijnt bij Uitgeverij Seren Books de biografie van de Welsh toneel- en scenarioschrijfster Elaine Morgan, geschreven door Daryl Leeworthy.

Daryl Leeworthy Elaine Morgan Biografie Recensie en Informatie

Als de redactie het boek leest, kun je op deze pagina de recensie en waardering vinden van de biografie Elaine Morgan, A Life Behind the Screen. Het boek is geschreven door Daryl Leeworthy. Daarnaast zijn hier gegevens van de uitgave en bestelmogelijkheden opgenomen. Bovendien kun je op deze pagina informatie lezen over de inhoud van de biografie van de Welsh schrijfster Elaine Morgan, geschreven door Daryl Leeworthy.

Daryl Leeworthy Elaine Morgan Biografie

Elaine Morgan

A Life Behind the Screen

  • Schrijver: Daryl Leeworthy (Engeland)
  • Soort boek: biografie
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Seren Books
  • Verschijnt: 2 november 2020
  • Omvang: 220 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: Paperback

Flaptekst van de buigrafie van Elaine Morgan

Published to celebrate Elaine Morgan’s centenary, this informative biography restores Morgan’s reputation and establishes her significant place in writing from Wales. It outlines her early days living only just above the poverty line in the Rhondda in a Labour/Communist steeped family, before reading English Literature at Oxford.

The book details Morgan’s early career in (left-wing) adult education, her marriage to an International Brigade veteran, her continuing political engagement and her success as a writer of stories and journalism. This brought her to screenwriting and adaptations for tv, and in particular the BBC. In this her career ran in parallel with fellow Rhondda author Gwyn Thomas, and Leeworthy traces their rise and the reasons behind it.

Morgan went from being among the very first women writers for radio and television to one of the pre-eminent screenplay writers in the UK. She was truly a pioneer, on whose shoulders today’s female television writers stand. She is perhaps best known for her adaptation of How Green Was My Valley, and her original screenplay, Lloyd George. Morgan spent forty years screenwriting before a radical move into anthropology and ethics, with Descent of Woman and The Aquatic Ape. These books made her even more famous and more influential, and she spoke about them at conferences around the world.

Despite her enormous international reputation Morgan was essentially a Valleys person and the book explores the importance of Welsh identity to her. She was an early campaigner for Welsh language education, and became a Western Mail columnist towards the end of her life, a commentator on Welsh affairs, both political and social.

Richly detailed, with never before seen photographs, this biography is essential in understanding the life and work of this important writer.

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