On the Red Hill: Where Four Lives Fell Into Place

Mike Parker

£16.99

In the early 2000s Mike Parker and his partner Peredur (Preds) moved into a small village in remote West Wales. A few weeks after arriving, they met Reg and George, a couple for over 60 years, who had arrived in the village at a time when their relationship could have landed them in prison. The four men became acquaintances, and over the years, firm friends. When Reg and George died, within a few weeks of each other, Mike and Preds discovered that they had been left their home: a whitewashed ‘house from the children’s stores’, buried deep within the hills. All four men had arrived at the house following different paths. All four shouldn’t have stayed. But they did. ‘On the Red Hill’ tells the story of Rhiw Goch, the Red Hill, but also the community, and of a remarkable relationship blossoming against the backdrop of rural life.

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‘A moving story of love, tradition and landscape.’ Evening Standard, ‘Books of the Year’

‘A moving, multilayered memoir? extraordinary, ambitious… its scope is immense. A book that is deep in riches.’ Simon Callow, Guardian

‘A marvellous book… an uplifting tale of tranquillity sought and found in the nearest Britain gets to paradise.’ Simon Jenkins

‘There are worlds on worlds within this lyrical and profoundly cultured book. In an age of toxic artifice, this is the most necessary medicine: the tenderness of reality and the living, elemental, world.’ Jay Griffiths

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A multi-layered memoir of love, acceptance, finding home and the redemptive power of nature.

In early 2006, Mike Parker and his partner Peredur were witnesses at the first civil partnership ceremony in the small Welsh town of Machynlleth. The celebrants were their friends Reg and George, who had moved to deepest rural Wales in 1972, not long after the decriminalisation of homosexuality. When Reg and George died within a few weeks of each other in 2011, Mike and Peredur discovered that they had been left their home: a whitewashed ‘house from the children’s stories’, buried deep within the hills. They had also been left a lifetime’s collection of diaries, photographs, letters and books, all revealing an extraordinary history.

On the Red Hill is the story of Rhiw Goch, ‘the Red Hill’, and its inhabitants, but also the story of a remarkable rural community and a legacy that extends far beyond bricks and mortar. On The Red Hill celebrates the turn of the year’s wheel, of ever-changing landscapes, and of the family to be found in the unlikeliest of places. Taking the four seasons, the four elements and these four lives as his structure, Mike Parker creates a lyrical but clear-eyed exploration of the natural world, the challenges of accepting one’s place in it, and what it can mean to find home.
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‘A delightful book about beauty, joy, love and home… to be celebrated and read.’ Sara Maitland

‘A great queer rural triumph of a book – wonderfully passionate, funny and insightful. It overflows with love.’ Tom Bullough

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Weight0.62 kg
Dimensions22.2 × 14.4 × 3.8 cm
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