A year in pursuit of Welshness
Jasper Rees has always wanted to be Welsh. But despite Welsh grandparents (and a Welsh surname) he is an Englishman: by birth, upbringing and temperament.In this singular, hilarious love letter to a glorious country so often misunderstood, Rees sets out to achieve his goal of becoming a Welshman by learning to sing, play, work, worship, think - and above all, speak - like one. On the way he meets monks, tenors and politicians, and tries his hand atrugby and lambing - all the while weaving together his personal story with Wales's rich history. Culminating in a nail-biting test of Rees's Welsh-speaking skill at the National Eisteddfod, this exuberant journey of self-discovery celebrates the importance of national identity, and the joy of belonging.
Jasper Rees is an arts journalist, and the author ofWengerandI Found My Horn.
'A most entertaining and inspiring handbook for anyone who would really prefer to be Welsh - and who wouldn't?', Jan Morris
'A lyrical book: funny, hugely enjoyable, often deeply moving. And he's learned what makes the Welsh tick. No mean feat for a man who's English by birth.', John Humphrys
'An engaging, touching story told with humour and heart', Wanderlust
'Wonderfully readable, warm, funny and very entertaining', Steve Dube, Western Mail