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Rural Wales in the 80s and two very different families, one ex-hippy, the other ancient farming stock. Seen through the eyes of children, the two families’ boys who form an unlikely friendship, we are given a dark story of growing up, of neglect, impoverishment, hope and the influences of family and nature. A startling tale.
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Set in the Welsh Borders in 1980, The Claude Glass charts an unlikely friendship between two neighbours; Robin, the seven-year-old son of English hippie sheep farmers, and Andrew, a child so neglected by his impoverished parents that he is left almost mute, seeking solace among the farm dogs.
Exploring his parentís semi-derelict farmhouse, Andrew finds an antique convex mirror - a Claude Glass - and, gazing into it, the two boys see their wild, rural landscape strangely ordered. But this comforting vision proves fragile as tensions and sexual jealousy rock the adult world around them.
Written with a lyricism and freshness that echoes the early work of Esther Freud or Bruce Chatwin, The Claude Glass draws you into the lives of its startling characters and their tarnished romance with nature.
"The Claude Glass delivers just what the title promises – a beautifully delineated miniature of a family caught up in the reality of the rural dream.” Francine Stock
"Immensely powerful and evocative – this portrayal of life in rural Wales through the eyes of children is convincing and magical.” Victoria Hislop
"A superb book from the border, bright, full of truth, romantic and real. The Claude Glass feels like the beginning of something serious and remarkable: an honourable successor to Bruce Chatwin’s On the Black Hill, springing from the same ground.”
Horatio Clare, author of Running for the Hills
Publication date: 03/05/2007
Publisher: Sort Of Books
|Publication date:||3rd May 2007|
|Publisher:||Sort Of Books|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Tom Bullough grew up in a hill farm in Radnorshire - the setting of The Claude Glass - and now lives in the Cambrian mountains. He works as a music and travel writer, tractor driver, and helps run Tonic, a fair trade T-shirt business.More About Tom Bullough