‘Published in Welsh in 2002, and in English a decade later, this is THE British masterpiece of our century. Both an evocation of rural life and a powerful experiment in biography, it is a book to start again as soon as you finish.’
From the publisher:
“The most fascinating and wonderful book” JAN MORRIS
“A restrained, lyrical tour de force” OWEN SHEERS
In the early years of the last century, Rebecca is born into a rural community in the Maesglasau valley in Wales; her family have been working the land for a thousand years, but the changes brought about by modernity threaten the survival of her language, and her family’s way of life.
Rebecca’s reflections on the century are delivered with haunting dignity and a simple intimacy, while her evocation of the changing seasons and a life that is so in tune with its surroundings is rich and poignant. The Life of Rebecca Jones has all the makings of a classic, fixing on a vanishing period of rural history, and the novel’s final, unexpected revelation remains unforgettable and utterly moving.