The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

About the book

In 1944, a German Jewish refugee is sent to Wales to interview Rudolf Hess; in Snowdonia, a seventeen-year-old girl, the daughter of a fiercely nationalistic shepherd, dreams of the bright lights of an English city; and in a nearby POW camp, a German soldier struggles to reconcile his surrender with his sense of honour. As their lives intersect, all three will come to question where they belong and where their loyalties lie. Peter Ho Davies’s thought-provoking and profoundly moving first novel traces a perilous wartime romance as it explores the bonds of love and duty that hold us to family, country, and ultimately our fellow man. Vividly rooted in history and landscape, THE WELSH GIRL reminds us anew of the pervasive presence of the past, and the startling intimacy of the foreign.

Reviewed by Wallington Village Reading Group:

Sparked great group discussion and memories. Enjoyed reading it as it was different. Explored dual nationality Welsh/English. Good epilogue. Tied things up. Not a happy ending. Big jump forward but didn’t feel you had missed anything. The three stories difficult to follow sometimes. Wanted to know what the link was.

Star rating: **/***

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