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January 19, 2018


Towards Mellbreak

by N@ncy



  1. I started this book this morning
  2. ….and could not stop reading.
  3. It is absolutely magnificent!
  4. Émouvant….touching,
  5. Livre très attachant,
  6. C’est touchant à l’extrème.
  7. C’est d’une puissance rare!
  8. ..pastoral tone of hardworking country folk
  9. working in the fells with their sheep.
  10. Esther and Harold meet and Harold says:
  11. ‘”She might be right. Might be a fit”
  12. Esther’s life is a challenge.
  13. She raises a family, helps run the farm and
  14. ….still cares for mother who is slipping into dementia.
  15. Aey, she just needs settled. Likes the old memories best….We all do”.
  16. One on the most touching quotes about Esther was:
  17. The soil looked like how she felt half-done, half-lived.
  18. Marie-Elsa Bragg has written a breathtaking story of
  19. …pastoral life, struggles to survive on a farm
  20. …and trying to find strength to battle personal demons.
  21. Towards Mellbreak  is the place  where Harold finds peace.

It’s a winner in my opinion!
@MarieElsaBragg  @ChattoBooks



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  1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this book so much! I know that feeling of a new, unexpected treasured reading discovery! I’ll have to see if my library has it!


    • Jan 20 2018

      We all search the shortlists for Booker, Prix Goncourt or the Australian Stella Prize….but who ever takes the time to look at the ‘off the beaten path’ awards?
      Edward Stanton Travel Writing Awards and The Wainwright or always on the top of my list. I have read so many good book from these lists. Next book: Revolutionary Ride (L. Pryce) and The Rule of the Land, Walking Ireland’s Borders … both also shortlisted. Thanks for your comments!



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