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Running for the Hills - A Family Story
Horatio Clare
ISBN: 9780719565397 (0719565391)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mai 2007
Cyhoeddwr: John Murray, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 197x127 mm, 288 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £8.99 
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Stori hudouls am rieni'r awdur sy'n penderfynu gadael Llundain i fyw mewn fferm ddefaid ar lechwedd yng Nghymru. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar wraig hynod o'r enw Jenny (mam yr awdur) sy'n gwbl benderfynol o lwyddo mewn amgylchfyd anodd, ac yn gwneud gwaith corfforol a fu unwaith yn ran o lafur dyn yn unig.

An enchanting story which tells of Horatio's parents decision to o leave London and set up home in a very remote Welsh hillside sheep farm. It focuses on a remarkable woman Jenny, (Horatio Clare's mother), who is completely and passionately obsessed with her desire to suceed in the toughest of environments, doing a job traditionally the domain of men.
This is a brave and beautiful book that touches the heart without once slipping into sentimentality.

Drawing on his own memories, his parentsí diaries and the stories they have told him, Horatio Clare tells the tale of his extraordinary childhood and of two remarkable love affairs: the one between his mother and father, and the one his parents go on to have with an isolated hill farm in Wales. Both relationships are characterised by deep ambivalences and seem doomed to failure; yet it is precisely that fragility and the commitment and faith his mother, in particular, shows in spite of it that gives this family story its power and resonance.

Running for the Hills can be read simply as an exquisite piece of writing: the descriptions of the farm, the countryside, the way of life are awesomely vivid and even the most minor, fleeting characters come to life in a way that is unusual for memoir. But there is also something much more profound here. By looking so minutely, honestly and non-judgmentally at his own history and the relationships and choices that have shaped it, Clare invites and inspires the reader to do the same.

Clare has been compared to Wordsworth for his ability to conjure the power and beauty of nature and the elements. His capacity to portray the intricacies and complexities of a mother-son relationship is similarly outstanding.

I would recommend this book without reservation.

Suzy Ceulan Hughes

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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