The French Thing
– a novel by Chris Keil


Literary ficton: Contemporary Fiction

RRP: £7.50 (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2002)

A novel set in mid-Wales in the mid-1990s against the backdrop of rural hardship where livestock export dealers clash with animal rights protesters.


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The French Thing

Literary ficton: Contemporary Fiction

RRP: £7.50 (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2002)

A novel set in mid-Wales in the mid-1990s against the backdrop of rural hardship where livestock export dealers clash with animal rights protesters.


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The French Thing is a story about love, among other things, in mid-Wales, in the mid-1990s. It is a story about obsession, tribal divides and contested meanings, as well as about working, drinking and staying up late. It is about what can happen to people who inhabit a fractured landscape.

When the wind was in the south, the sound of the guns on the artillery range would cross the intervening valleys quite clearly, sudden thuds like something being dropped upstairs, the rumble of furniture moved about in an attic. At night the orange parachute flares would rise in silent arcs into the darkness, and you would think to yourself: what are that lot up to?



Located in an imaginary mid-Wales town, Llanfrychan, which fuses elements of Builth Wells, Llandrindod, Lampeter and Brecon, Chris Keil’s debut novel deals with the clash of cultures that was highlighted by the live export protests of the mid-90s.

English students, Welsh farmers, aging hippies, fading entrepreneurs and continental livestock dealers are brought together in the matter of an industry and the outrage it engendered. There is also infidelity and lust, and desperation at a way of life in a community where an individual’s every move is observed.

The French Thing looks at life in rural Wales without illusions or sentiment. Its farmers are real and suffering human beings, and their work is presented as an industry under almost intolerable strain. Although the nature of the changes being forced upon the countryside may have shifted in recent years, the pressures on small communities in terms of the lack of economic opportunities and the impact of external attitudes and moral codes remains true across Wales and beyond.

 
  • Name: The French Thing
  • Author: Chris Keil
  • Publisher: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780863817687
  • Format: Paperback, 210×148 mm, 272 pages
  • eBook: Not Currently Available in eBook Format
  • RRP Paperback: £7.50

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The French Thing

Author: Chris Keil
Publication: 2002
Paperback ISBN: 9780863817687
Category: All Fiction, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Format: Paperback, 210×148 mm, 272 pages
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Publisher:
Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. 12 Iard yr Orsaf, Llanrwst, Dyffryn Conwy, LL26 0EH
Telephone: +44 (0)1492 64203. llanrwst@carreg-gwalch.com / www.carreg-gwalch.com

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  • Name: The French Thing
  • Author: Chris Keil
  • Publisher: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780863817687
  • Format: Paperback, 210×148 mm, 272 pages
  • eBook: Not Currently Available in eBook Format
  • RRP Paperback: £7.50

buybtnamazon

Where to buy?

Bookstores

Did you know that you can order most titles at any bookstore just by simply providing them with the information above. If they don’t have it in stock they should be happy to order it in for you.

Book Groups

If you are a book group member, you may be able to get a bulk discount. Why not order them directly from the publisher? Direct from Publisher

eRetailers


You can also purchase this title from online retailers worldwide including Amazon

Contacts

Publisher:
Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. 12 Iard yr Orsaf, Llanrwst, Dyffryn Conwy, LL26 0EH
Telephone: +44 (0)1492 64203. llanrwst@carreg-gwalch.com / www.carreg-gwalch.com

http://www.carreg-gwalch.com/product/french_thing_the/