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Every Day was Summer [Hardcover]

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Oliver Wynne Hughes was born in Pwllheli and lived his boyhood years in Cricieth, Caernarfon and Ffestiniog. Educated in Liverpool and at London University, he also took an MSc in Strategic Studies at Aberystwyth. He has been a schoolmaster, was Bursar at Coleg Harlech and for 24 years was a regular army officer, serving in Hong Kong, Malta, Gibraltar, Cyprus and West Germany as well as in the United Kingdom. He retired in 1983 and is now an Executive Recruiter. He has three adult children and lives with his wife Kim in North Wales. Every Day was Summer is by and large the tale of three young sisters who grew up in the small Welsh town of Harlech in the years before the First World War. Their stories, some sad, some amusing, but all of them endearing, light up the pages of this book. The interweaving of their lives with those of their young friends and their relationships with English visitors, many of them members of the aristocracy, others from the world of entertainment, sport, literature and the arts who visited Harlech each summer, make a tapestry that is a social history of a small Welsh community during the early years of the 20th century.

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Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.08" Width: 7.17" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 3, 2006
ISBN  1905399197  
ISBN13  9781905399192  

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An Ode to Harlech   Jan 4, 2007
Have you ever asked your grandmother or your great-grandmother what things were like in the good old days, and then she told you stories that filled your mind with images of a world far removed from your own ... a world where children became excited by getting an apple and an orange at Christmas, a world where ladies never went without a hat, a world where it seemed that Every Day Was Summer. This is the world that Oliver Wynne Hughes brings alive and captures in his book.

Based on the memories of his mother, Laura, and her two sisters, Elsie and Beatrice, the reader is transported back to a place and time filled with happy memories and presented through a picture of the Welsh town of Harlech, prior to World War One. Every Day Was Summer is steeped in history and nostalgia, making the reader yearn for a bygone time. The book takes the reader on a journey through Harlech: we visit the townspeople through various good humoured anecdotes - and for a town with a population of just over 1000 people, it certainly had its fair share of famous people visiting or choosing to live in the picturesque seaside town. The Queen visited and was said to be mesmerised by the view; another visitor was Denys Finch Hatton, an adventurer made famous by the book `Out of Africa', who also spent many a summer in the town. Everything from shops and schooldays to childhood games and chapel are all lovingly remembered and explored throughout the pages of this book.

Although Hughes conjures up wonderful images of Harlech in the reader's mind, he does not shy away from the tragedy that sadly touched the town. Hughes peppers his book with the hardships that the townspeople of Harlech faced, from families touched by poverty to the tragedy that hit many families with the start of the World War One. That said, at no time does the book become morose or bitter; it keeps its whimsical style throughout and is an absolute pleasure to read.

I think every family should have an Oliver Wynne Hughes to capture its history through photograph, poem and anecdote so we do not let our children forget the places and people who have touched our hearts and our memories.

Every Day Was Summer  Aug 15, 2006
A very enjoyable a snap shot of life in a Welsh Town before the First World War. An interesting commentary on the interpersonal relationships between the social classes and different cultures.
Every Day was Summer August 2006  Aug 15, 2006
A Nostalgic look at a much loved Welsh Town through the eyes of three sisters who lived and worked in Harlech at the turn of the 19th Century. A very enjoyable read, particularly for those with an interest in Social History.
every day was summer  Jul 5, 2006
What a charming book! Laughter, love, tragedy and humanity. It is all here and itis a true story. I would love to travel back in time and be a part of those girls lives, it is so what we all crave in our fast lives of today. My wife LENT me her copy - we have promised ourselves a visit to Harlech, Wales to find the places and see if there is anyone still there.
S Spratt  Jan 25, 2005
This is a delightful book, very evocative of that wonderful era before the first world war. Full of wonderful personal stories, based on the memories of 3 young girls who grew up in Harlech , a small coastal town in North Wales. Both humorous and sad it is a thoroughly good read and provides amazing insight into a generation that suffered huge hardships, yet seemded to live happy fulfilling lives.

This book will appeal to all ages and to anyone interested in the Great War, family history, the English Aristocracy and Wales. A great present.

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