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I Can Hear the Cuckoo: Life in the Wilds of Wales

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The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. I have always believed ‘memoir’ as a genre is a tough nut to crack; it is because you have to tell your real-life (boring) story in an immersive tone and pace to keep your readers engaged - not an easy task by any means.

These kinds of books require slow-paced reading, where one needs to sync in and assimilate the character’s emotional and psychological hurt from loss, and travel with them to find a recuperative resolution to become a resilient person.

I found it really hard to find the motivation to finish this book, as I found nothing in it compelling.

That's what the author had lost sight of, so it felt like Wilf was put into her life to make her appreciate the small things and pleasures of nature. Well, I see this will be available in paperback in September this year, so I’m encouraged – though it may already be in our library.

Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. I found it bizarre that, although this was very much her story, she did in fact move with her husband, who remains but a shadow in the descriptive prose used for other characters. Sidhu doesn’t mention her Indian heritage much, apart from musing on how Indian women are often put upon wherever they are, and that she was uncomfortable with the assumption she did or should have children when she went to visit relatives there.

Time is the Houdini of the metaphysical world; it escapes through the back door of our lives, although we never really felt it enter. It's about grief, finding beauty in nature, creating a meaningful life through appreciation and joy in the simple things in life and the company of good people. All this aside, Sidhu finds solace in a slower pace of life, adapting to rhythms of life defined by sheep farming, the weather, the light and being accepted by another sort of family, a community who accept and embrace her.

This book is divided into four sections, classified according to the seasonal changes that accompany the various other demands upon people, their work, food, culture, and so on and so forth. After Kiran loses her mother, she escapes to the Welsh countryside - to allow herself to grieve away from turbulent city life in London, to leave her toxic family behind, and to find solace in the purity of the natural world. I didn’t remember if I had used it or not but now I suspect I would, if I had, based on your comment.

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