June 22nd, 2018
It’s a week of books here on the Oakeley blog! Earlier in the week we delved into one of the most fashionable travel books of the nineteenth century – George Borrow’s Wild Wales. And today, we’re exploring a more modern work of fiction, although the novel itself spans many decades and generations.
A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to meet the authors of a new novel called The Gift, when they popped in to see us for Sunday lunch. We got chatting and they told us all about their new book, which was released last week. Stuart and Rhian had been to Manod Quarry, where much of the story in their book is set, along with other parts of North Wales. The authors told us that they are hoping the book will be turned into a film one day!
The book follows the ups and downs of Stanley Santini – a hard working man from Manchester. When he finds himself the proud owner of a caravan, he has no idea of the turn his family’s life is about to take. They soon take over the running of a caravan park in North Wales, where they embrace the tight knit local community and make lifelong friendships.
Much of the novel is set in and around beautiful Snowdonia and North Wales; in particular Manod Mountain and Quarry – a little hill with a lit of history. As well as being extensively quarried for it’s valuable slate resources, Manod Quarry was also used as a storage facility for the nation’s valuable works of art during the Second World War.
“The Gift” by S R Thomas is available to download now from Amazon – follow the link below. A Welsh version will be added to Amazon at the end of the summer.