The French Thing
A novel set in mid-Wales in the mid-1990s against the backdrop of rural hardship where livestock export dealers clash with animal rights protesters.
The French Thing is a story about love, among other things, in mid-Wales, in the mid-1990s. It is a story about obsession, tribal divides and contested meanings, as well as about working, drinking and staying up late. It is about what can happen to people who inhabit a fractured landscape.
“When the wind was in the south, the sound of the guns on the artillery range would cross the intervening valleys quite clearly, sudden thuds like something being dropped upstairs, the rumble of furniture moved about in an attic. At night the orange parachute flares would rise in silent arcs into the darkness, and you would think to yourself: what are that lot up to?”