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The Messenger by L. M. Shakespeare

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The Messenger by L. M. Shakespeare

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The story of 'The Messenger' - sometimes very funny and in the end another thing entirely - is set in the 1950s. It tells of a group of people living in a small mining village where everyone kept racing pigeons.


"Can any pigeon, however fast, take a message to a dead man?" The story is set in a mining village in the 1940s, when all the men kept racing pigeons. Dan Pugh, a miner whose wife died in childbirth, loves the little daughter who survived. Bethan is brain damaged and cannot do many things, but adores her father and the racing pigeons. When she is fifteen Dan gives Bethan her own very special bird named Birthday, which turns out to be an extraordinary racing champion. The villagers supply a rich supporting cast in this story - from Dan's spinster sister who keeps house, and whose heart is being broken by a secret love affair with a local shepherd, to a kindly doctor, ice-cream makers, a classical school master, Italian immigrants, a wayward teenage girl, and more. When war comes and Dan is reported missing in action, they all try, without success, to explain to Bethan what has happened. But for her, with her unique slant on human life, death simply has no meaning. In the end Bethan's solution is to send Birthday to her father with a letter. But can any pigeon, however fast, take a message to a dead man?

Additional Information

SKU GOR005994987
Title The Messenger
Author By (author) L. M. Shakespeare
Contributor No
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Hopcyn Press
Year Published 2012
Page Number 225
ISBN 0957297793
ISBN13 9780957297791
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Prizes No
Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No

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