The Coward's Tale (Paperback)
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The Coward's Tale (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 29/03/2012
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'My name is Laddy Merridew. I'm a cry-baby. I'm sorry.' 'And my name is Ianto Jenkins. I am a coward. And that's worse.' The boy Laddy Merridew, sent to live with his grandmother, stumbles off the bus into a small Welsh mining community, where he begins an unlikely friendship with Ianto Passchendaele Jenkins, the town beggar-storyteller. Ianto is watchman over the legacy of the collapse many years ago of Kindly Light Pit, a disaster whose echoes reverberate down the generations and blight the lives of many in the town. Through Ianto's stories Laddy Merridew is drawn into both the town's history and the conundrums of the present. Why has woodwork teacher Icarus Evans striven most of his life to carve wooden feathers that will float on an updraft? Why is the undertaker Tutt Bevan trying to find a straight path through the town? Why does James Little, the old gas-meter emptier, dig his allotment by moonlight? And why does window cleaner Judah Jones take autumn leaves into a disused chapel? These and other men of the town, both past and present, and the women who mothered them, married them and mourned them, are bound together by the echoes of the Kindly Light tragedy and by the mysterious figure of Ianto Passchendaele Jenkins, whose stories of loyalty and betrayal, loss and love, form an unforgettable, spellbinding tapestry.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408822630
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 259 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
My novel of the year ... an extraordinarily lyrical, moving, funny evocation of a Welsh mining town ... A terrific achievement -- A.N. Wilson * Financial Times Book of the Year *
Spellbinding * Guardian *
Gebbie's prose has something of the musical rhythm and cadence of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood ... a hypnotic debut * Independent *
A striking first novel, poetic in style and funny ... reminiscent of Dylan Thomas at his best -- Readers' Books of the Year * Guardian *
'Tender and gripping - a brilliantly written epic' * Maggie Gee *
'Compulsively readable. She writes with such warmth and kindness and her poetic writing is meticulous in its apt and close observation' * Mari Strachan, author of The Earth Hums in B Flat *
Powerful in its storytelling, touching in its view of small-town life, and bold in its stylised language * New Welsh Review *

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“The Coward's Tale”

The Coward’s Tale is a gripping story of a young boy, Laddie and the tales of people he meets -including a beggar named Ianto, a wood work teacher and Baker. Its inspired structure leads you through these tales... More

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“Beautiful and Unusual”

A Welsh mining town suffers a tragic accident many years previously and this story follows the descendants of those involved, and how their lives have been impacted down the generations by the tragedy. Ianto... More

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“A warm tale of times past!”

I found this book hard to get into at first, but then warmed to it, and really enjoyed it! Its very different, and full of tales from the past about people, their jobs, lives and how things used to be! A warming tale,... More

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