From memory, conversations & the diaries of his now-separated parents, the author reconstructs their relationship with each other & their mountain farm, & tells the story of his upbringing. At the fore is his mother, a wilful romantic, who chooses to make a life on the mountain single-handedly, & to raise her children there.
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Horatio Clare has worked on Front Row and Nightwaves, and produced Radio 3's The Verb. Born in 1973, Clare has written for The Spectator, the New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph.Review:
"ÝAn¨ enchanting book. . . . ÝClare's¨ lyrical description is so beautifully written that you almost hold your breath."
-- "The Daily Mail" (London)
"ÝA¨ beautifully written memoir. . . . Despite its portrayal of hardship, Running for the Hills is lifted by its sense of joy and spiritual freedom."
-- "The Economist"
"[An] enchanting book. . . . [Clare's] lyrical description is so beautifully written that you almost hold your breath." -- "The Daily Mail" (London)
"[A] beautifully written memoir. . . . Despite its portrayal of hardship, Running for the Hills is lifted by its sense of joy and spiritual freedom." -- "The Economist"
"Touching, funny and extremely well-written. . . . There are passages here that remind one of Wordsworth's recollections of his Lake District boyhood in "The Prelude,"" -- "The Daily Telegraph" (London)
"The joy of "Running for the Hills" lies in its seemingly effortless richness and precision. . . . It is the prose equivalent of a collection of poems by Wordsworth. [A] heartening, raw, tender, radiant first book." -- "The Times" (London)
"A beautifully written book that immerses you in the harshness and the splendor of living off the land on a Welsh sheep farm. Clare's prose allows you to experience the cycle of life and death."-- Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation"
""Running for the Hills" is a beautifully crafted story of a young boy's adventures growing up on a remote Welsh sheep farm and his mother's love affair with that life. Horatio Clare vividly and lyrically evokes a world that is hard yet tender, bleak yet bountiful."-- Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle"
"With a clear eye and a strong, graceful pen, Clare describes the almost romantic wonder of being a child in a wild, often inhospitable landscape. A tender, eloquent, honest book about a remarkable family and the process of understanding your parents as well as loving them." -- Sarah Dunant, author of "The Birth of Venus"
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