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Running for the hills : a family story

Clare, Horatio2006
One summer's day in the late 1960s two young Londoners fell in love with a hill farm in South Wales. But they had almost no money, no idea about sheep, and their marriage was uncertain from the start. Their new home was a mile up the wild mountain, one end dug into its damp flank. It was ancient, cold and unbelievably primitive, with a view like a prospect of Africa. On a fair day it was paradise. But it was a working farm, cut off from the world and condemned - they found out, after they bought it - as 'unfit for human habitation'. This is the story of a passionate adventure; it is also the biography of a relationship, a portrait of an extraordinary way of life and an account of a bewitching childhood. Horatio Clare tells the story of his parents and their mountain farm, and his astonishing upbringing. At the fore is his mother, a wilful romantic, who chooses to make a life on the mountain single-handedly, and to raise her children there. "Running for the Hills" is a vivid memoir of love and struggle in a remote and magical place, where the idyllic and the harrowing are rarely far apart.
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London : John Murray, 2006.
278 p. ; 20 cm.
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LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Sandringham LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Biography630 CLAAvailable
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