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

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are tantamount to a country person writing a book about moving to London and being awestruck by the public transport network and the number of restaurants available. She chooses fresh air, an auditorium of silence and the purity of the natural world - and soon arrives in Cellan, a small, remote village nestled in the Welsh valleys. I was irritated by the endless tautological paragraphs which I would have expected an editor to expunge. It's a book about moving through grief and the people we find in the midst of our sadness - and what this small community in the Welsh countryside can teach us about life.

Her article about her farmer friend Wilf was the 13th most read article in The Guardian in 2021, and was made into a short film Heart Valley , directed by Christian Cargill and produced by Pulse Films. 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. Fleeing their city life in London, they adapt to what they at first think is quiet and isolation, but they soon find they can hear all the sounds of nature and see their neighbours across the fields, knowing their routines as well as their own.Her descriptions of the change in herself, enjoying nature and things that she never would have previously before her mother passed away, of the process of "living" again, rang powerful and true. By the time I approached the end, I was shedding tears thinking about my own life, my own losses and my efforts to understand what they mean and live consciously and mindfully. This heart-touching 19-minute video of a Welsh shepherd is a must-watch and highly recommended, as is the memoir. She chooses fresh air, an auditorium of silence and the purity of the natural world – and soon arrives in Cellan, a small, remote village nestled in the Welsh valleys.

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. So much felt familiar yet also felt strange, a testament to how vast this beautiful countryside is and how well written this book is. 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. This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees.I thought Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking was an excellent portrayal of grief in the aftermath of death. I didn’t remember if I had used it or not but now I suspect I would, if I had, based on your comment. It made her stop to take time to look around and notice the small things, and just the simple pleasure of a walk in nature would take her out of herself and focus on what she saw. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). But she quickly discovers a sense of belonging in the small, close-knit community she finds there; her neighbour Sarah, who teaches her how to sledge when the winter snow arrives; Jane, a 70-year-old woman who lives at the top of a mountain with three dogs and four alpacas with an inspiring attitude for life; and Wilf, the farmer who eats the same supper every day, and taught Kiran that the cuckoo arrives in April and leaves in July.

Kiran Sidhu's book is a bit different as it's not solely about grief and death, although that's the underlying backstory. It’s a book about moving through grief and the people we find in the midst of our sadness – and what this small community in the Welsh countryside can teach us about life. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.I was expecting this book would be more about the author learning to deal with her grief over the death of her mother, and whilst she of course does touch on that, the book is really about a fish out of water learning basic countryside facts, which I didn’t find particularly interesting. She notes it’s odd to be a Brown woman in a rural Welsh setting, but also notes that everyone’s different there and you are compelled into companionship with people with whom you have little in common; also, everything has been there for centuries and is infinite so that pales into insignificance.

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