September 2013 Book of the Month.
Follow-up to The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price has Wilfred, from a small town in Wales, now on his second marriage. This new tale does stand-alone but you really will appreciate it more if you read the first. Wife number one, Grace, has fled to London where she is totally bewildered. Wife number two, Flora, still pines her lost love killed in the Great War (we are in the 1920s) and Wilfred is still trying to get things right. This is old-worldly stuff, a very human story full of believable people – utterly charming.
The Lovereading view...
Sequel to the charming, gentle and quirky debut The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price. Rural Wales 1926. After Wilfred’s marriage to Grace has been annulled he finds new love with Flora Myfanwy but Grace continues to dog his thoughts even as he prepares to be a father. The debut was a real word of mouth success, featured on Lovereading of course! And we hear a TV adaptation of it is planned.
To enjoy this fully we strongly recommend you read The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price first.
It's 1926 and Wilfred Price, purveyor of superior funerals, is newly married to the beautiful Flora Myfanwy. His brief and painful marriage to Grace is in the past. He's busy with funerals - and preparing for fatherhood by reading a philosophy book and opening a paint and wallpaper business. As much as he loves Flora, he senses her distance from him - are marriage and fatherhood going to be very different from how Wilfred imagined? Grace has fled to from Narberth to London, where she is working as a chambermaid at the luxurious Ritz Hotel. But Grace has a secret, one that can't be hidden forever, and binds her to her old life in west Wales. Despite Wilfred's earnest effort to embrace the future, he is beginning to wonder if the past has too powerful a hold on him. Praise for The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price: Light, compassionate drama about a small, very tightly bound, ancient corner of the world. (The Guardian). Wilfred's sentimental education is wrought so delightfully and affectionately. (Sunday Times). A delightful story of great charm, very quirky and original. (Jacqueline Wilson).
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson
|Publication date:||5th September 2013|
|Publisher:||Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
Wendy Jones grew up in 1970’s suburbia, reading Mandy comic and eating Angel Delight for desert. Aged seven, she got a Brownie ‘Hostess’ Badge for which she set out a gold, wheeled trolley with a tea set and poured tea for the examiner. Holidays were more productively spent at the ‘end of the world in the west of Wales’, playing in the undertaker’s workshop and paint shop that belonged to an uncle. It was a lot more fun than being good in suburbia and has provided ample material for her novels. ...More About Wendy Jones