Paperback choice;Books

10th April 1998 at 01:00
ALWENA'S GARDEN. Mary Oldham. Pont. pound;5.95.

Plas Idaleg, a mouldering mansion in the Welsh hills, is set to become a monumental old-tome-and manuscript-style library. Built in the 18th century by a doting father for his crippled daughter, it is now the home of Alwena, similarly afflicted by junior rheumatoid arthritis and an overprotective dad. This extraordinary book dallies with Gothic, romantic and telepathic motifs, but is remarkable for the things it simply refuses to be. Stern rather than sentimental, its charm lies in its painstakingly recreated Anglo-Welsh idiom.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now