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

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. If this is representative of how disconnected the rest of the urban population is from rural life then we will never save the environment; half the population don’t actually know what it is. 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. Reading this book on my tablet through the NetGalley shelf app was a slightly tricky job, as it came out in double-spread pages in an odd font, with the next page accessed by swiping downwards, so you had to go left – right – down diagonally to the left – right, etc. It started off well, the author's mother dies and she moves away from London to the Welsh hills to flee her toxic constrained family.

It was quite a short book with short chapters and I got into the swing of swooping around the page, but it was a bit irritating and you wouldn’t have enjoyed it! I have always believed ‘memoir’ as a genre is a tough nut to crack; it is because you have to tell your real-life (boring) story in an immersive tone and pace to keep your readers engaged - not an easy task by any means. The power of centering ourselves in the world is not to be understated and Kiran Sidhu conveys this wonderfully. I Can Hear the Cuckoo is a tender, philosophical memoir about the beauty of a microscopic life, the value of solitariness, and respecting the rhythm and timing of the earth.This is a reflective book about finding friendship in the most unexpected places -and what nature and a small community in the Welsh Valleys can teach us about life. This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees. It's difficult to tell at first whether Kiran is living in Wales properly as she initially mentions spending only weekends there. There was an interesting bit about how her dual heritage made her more flexible and able to accept multiple perspectives. Meeting the locals also proved to be a big help in her 'healing' especially Wilf, who lived the simplest of lives and was more than content with his lot.

I wondered what I missed in life by thinking that the wisdom of others whose lives were different to mine could not have any bearing on my life. Reading this book I felt wrapped and held in the unfolding story,while been given the space to explore,what is being offered in relation to my own journey,side by side. 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.What I enjoyed was the style of writing and the discoveries she made while she was living this more rural, isolated life. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. But as the months wear on, Kiran starts to connect with the close-knit community she finds there; her neighbour Sarah, who shows 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; and Wilf, the farmer who eats the same supper every day, and teaches Kiran that the cuckoo arrives in April and leaves in July. 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. All this aside, Sidhu finds solace in a slower pace of life, adapting to rhythms of life defined by sheep farming, the weather, the light and being accepted by another sort of family, a community who accept and embrace her.

She's always lived in the city, so to swap city life for rural Wales was a big step but she knew she needed something new, and after a holiday with her husband they took the plunge to move and see what life could offer them there.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. You can also only bookmark a page (in this case, sometimes it came out as a double page) rather than highlighting text, making it difficult to remember what exact bits you want to mention in your review.

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