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Gareth Davies, short story writer and novelist from the United Kingdom but based in Prague. Author of two novels, Maggie's Milkman and Extraordinary Rendition and a short story blog which is updated daily.
on Aug. 01, 2015 :
Wonderful book! Whole story is written in such a friendly descriptive way that I felt as a part of the story I could easily imagine living in that Welsh town. Really great story.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on April 21, 2014 :
He he he I finished reading before the appointed time. wanted to read it slowly and carefully but the text is so dynamic that I could not leave it. It's a wonderfully written book. It's hard to revive a Don Juan archetype I guess because it's been used so many times. I am applauding here:).
Overall, this is the novel written in a let-me-entertain-you style also 'available' at many of the author's short stories conveying an important message of continuous growth of the character, who, despite many picaro moments and obstacles never gives up his urge to live, experiment and change.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on March 17, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this book. Right from the start I was caught up in its atmosphere. The way the author describes the small Welsh town that the book is set made me feel like I was really there living on the street where Mal delivers milk. The story is based around a loveable milkman called Mal Jones who votes for Margaret Thatcher only to see his community fall apart because of the Miners' Strike. The author really makes the characters come to life, you finding yourself falling in love with Mal, empathising with Gwen and wanting to hug Bron. This book, made me laugh, brought a tear to my eye and often gave me goose pimples. I hope there is more from this author.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on March 01, 2014 :
A small Welsh mining town lives in the shadow of big changes that are going to be introduced by Maggie Thatcher. Wives run their homes while their macho husbands take them for granted and go to work everyday. Mal, a young handsome man, can be one of very few bright stars on the dark sky of everyday routine and tiredness with life. He, on the other hand, makes his journey of discovery of himself to suddenly find out that his views and ideas may ruin his well organized world...
The novel is full of humour, intelligence and wry observation of the life of Welsh miners and their families. You will find here all shades of human emotions and eroticism as well as refresh your knowledge of why Maggie Thatcher was loved by some and hated by others. I fell in love with the novel - once started just couldn't put it down!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)