Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod - what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people - and what have they got to hide?
A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during WWII, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how Art - its beauty and its value - touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town.
©2006 Frank Cottrell Boyce; (P)2006 Macmillan Digital Audio
We took this on holiday, and the entire family was vastly entertained by it. The reading is beautiful - dry yet emotionally sincere - just right for the tone of the book - and the book manages to be very funny and very moving at the same time.
The narration is spot on. If I had to pick hairs then I would say that a Valleys accent is wrong for Snowdonia, but it's still done by a real Welshman so all the words like "Legend!" just work.
The details and characters have been so well written that everyone jumps out from the page.
We haven't finished it yet, but we love all the observation that's gone into it.
I loved the way Terrible Evans reacted in the cave (don't want to put any spoilers in here), and I love the description of Manod Wednesdays.
You can't help but get involved with all the characters in the book. You feel all the highs and lows and excitement with the characters and in this respect it is particularly well written.
I'm listening to this with my 6 year old son. He's really enjoying it but will probably understand more of it in a year or so. One to grow into.
We've come to it via Frank Cottrell Boyce's sequel to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which is a very exciting listen.
I specifically chose it for three reasons which were:
1/ I remember the narrator in This Life as Welsh Warren and liked his accent.
2/ I wanted a real Welsh accent.
3/ I was very pleased it is set in Wales as I am Welsh.
I would like it read in Welsh Language as well, please.
This book was terrible I did not like it
It was so boring the person reading this was just so boring I would never perches this book if I were you
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