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The Earth Hums in B Flat

The Earth Hums in B Flat

Mari Strachan

  • award* longlisted, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2011
  • Up here, far away from everybody, the night is peaceful; there’s no sound except the hum of the Earth. At school, when I sang the note to Mr Hughes he said it was B flat.

    Gwenni Morgan can fly in her sleep—that’s how she sees what’s going on in the village, and how she tries to make some sense of her family and her world. But Gwenni’s mother isn’t too keen on her daughter’s imaginative ways; she doesn’t want anyone thinking her odd.

    When Ifan Evans goes missing, Gwenni tries to help find him, much to her mother’s distress. And as she begins to put the pieces together, a terrible truth is revealed.

    Set in a small Welsh village in the 1950s, The Earth Hums in B Flat is a story of dark family secrets. It’s filled with wonderful characters and written with insight and sparkling tenderness.

    Mari Strachan
    About the Author

    Mari Strachan has worked as a librarian, book reviewer, researcher, translator, copy writer and web editor. She and her husband live on a tiny property in the hills of Ceredigion, West Wales. Blow on a Dead Man’s Embers is her second novel, following the acclaimed The Earth Hums in B Flat.

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    30 March 2009
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    Praise for Mari Strachan
    andThe Earth Hums in B Flat

    ‘A richly evocative, warm but unsentimental tale…I loved this novel.’

    ‘A compelling narrative and lovingly drawn characters.’

    ‘Strachan’s prose is pitch perfect. A gorgeous debut.’

    ‘I loved this debut, which manages to give a young girl’s narrative an authentically quirky aspect, without ever resorting to cutesiness or cosiness…Strachan eschews whimsy for reality in a beautifully written story about growing up’