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Dew on the Grass

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First published in 1934 to great acclaim, this enchanting autobiographical novel set in the Welsh borders vividly evokes the essence of childhood and a vanished way of life through the eyes of nine-year-old Lucy. She describes the great events—haymaking, harvest, a seaside holiday—set against the tapestry of the everyday  routines of summer and winter, with the constant ba ...more
Paperback, Honno Classics, 182 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Honno Press (first published 1934)
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Mar 02, 2014 Ali rated it really liked it
This lovely old paperback formed part of my Librarything Virago group secret Santa gift from Jane at Fleurinherworld. It’s a slightly fragile old book with a really nice clear inscription inside – I do love to wonder about the people who have held and loved old books before me. Eiluned Lewis, the author of Dew on the Grass was completely unknown to me – and a bit of a google didn’t reveal much. She is described - by the oracle that is Wikipedia - as having been a Welsh novelist, poet and journal ...more

Translated by Katie Gramich. In the middle of the book there are some lovely photographs of JM Barrie and Michael Llewelyn Davies playing croquet at Glan Hafren (scroll down to near the bottom of this site to see a picture taken at the same party)

I have just been reading The Alone to the Alone, which was based in the Rhondda during 1914-1944, the decline of coal and economic emigration. Now I move further north and onto a woman's view during those same ye
Apr 14, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it
Dew on the Grass is a semi-autobiographical novel reflecting on the author's childhood and her thoughts, feelings and imaginings. It's not a straight narrative in which one thing leads to another, but a chain of memories linked by character and place. It was sweet, and easy to read, and captured some of the bittersweetness of growing up, but it still felt somewhat insubstantial -- perhaps because of my tendency to read books with clear plots that go from A to B.

Katie Gramich's introduction is a
Jennifer Freitag
Pengarth, a small, remote country farm on the Welsh Border, is the magical childhood home of Lucy Gwyn and her siblings at the turn of the twentieth century. Young, free-spirited, energetic Lucy whirls through her childhood, dancing to the enchanting beat of rural life, seeing a world of springtime and warm summer, harvest-time and bleak winter, not through the eyes of weary adulthood, but through the fresh, excited eyes of a child. This is not a children’s story. This is a story about children, ...more
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Sep 28, 2011 Abigail Hartman rated it liked it
Recommended to Abigail by: Jennifer Freitag
A sweet story of a girl's childhood in her Welsh home of Pengarth, on the Welsh Border. The chapters are full of her own imaginings and the romps she has with her siblings, especially her older sister, Delia, and through her eyes the reader is given a glimpse of the beauty of Wales at the turn of the century. Eiluned Lewis' poetry ("We Who Are Kindred" in particular) is beautiful, and her descriptions rich. The story does have a melancholy end, however, as Lucy's childhood begins to come to an e ...more
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