A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees by Clare Dudman

A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees

Clare Dudman

Silas sees the hostile desert too clearly to share Edwyn's faith in Patagonia - a heaven-sent New Wales. But 7,000 miles from the old Wales, he and his family have no choice but to persevere. With Yeluc, the Tehuelche Indian who watches over the colony's first steps, compassion binds us to this fragile community who speak the tongue of heaven but suffer, grieve and endure on earth.


'Yes, ffrindiau, Yr Wales is the start of great things - God's kingdom on earth. I am sure that is what the dream was telling me. If only we persevere we will one day be a great nation - a people with power and influence.'
Silas folds his arms. Despite himself he is a little impressed at the drama of it all. Is it possible that the Lord has chosen them? That somehow they can make a great nation from a desert? He shakes the idea from his head. No, it's just words. That's all they are, words without meaning. They change nothing. He glances at Selwyn who nods back: do not expect too much.

  • Butcher's Broom by Neil M Gunn
  • To Brave Every Danger by Judith Cook
  • Separado! - the film

Books with similar mood

A Death in the Family

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Song for Night

Chris Abani

The Ash Garden

Dennis Bock

Ashes and Other Stories

Naomi Shepherd

The Taste of Sorrow

Jude Morgan


Marilynne Robinson

The Sea

John Banville

The Bride from Odessa

Edgardo Cozarinsky

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

The Story of Lucy Gault

William Trevor

Speak No Evil

Uzodinma Iweala


Lutz Seiller

The Fishermen

Chigozie Obioma

The Girl who Fell from the Sky

Simon Mawer

American Rust

Philipp Meyer

In the Country of Men

Hisham Matar

Give Us This Day

Jonathan Tulloch

The Greening of Larry Mahon

Dave Duggan

One Man's Justice

Akira Yoshimura

The Eskimo in the Net

Gerard Beirne

That Summer

Andrew Greig


Yvonne Battle-Felton

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng

In the Beginning was the Sea

Tomás González

The Dream of the Celt

Mario Vargas Llosa

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

As the Earth Turns Silver

Alison Wong

And This Is True

Emily Mackie

Sweets from Morocco

Jo Verity

The Consequences of Love

Sulaiman Addonia


Imre Kertesz

Something Rising (light and swift)

Haven Kimmel

The Pursuit of Happiness

Douglas Kennedy

Altered Land

Jules Hardy

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

Luis Sepulveda

Blood Red Rivers

Jean-Christophe Grangé

The Orchard of Lost Souls

Nadifa Mohamed

Diary of the Fall

Michel Laub

The Western Wind

Samantha Harvey

The Pearl that Broke its Shell

Nadia Hashimi

Running the Rift

Naomi Benaron

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

Under Fishbone Clouds

Sam Meekings

Saving Caravaggio

Neil Griffiths

When Red is Black

Qiu Xiaolong

A Ship Made of Paper

Scott Spencer

The Blue Diary

Alice Hoffman

The Long Home

William Gay

The Parisian

Isabella Hammad