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At the Bright Hem of God


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Peter J. Conradi is an author and journalist, born into an Anglo-Jewish family. He is most widely known as the biographer of Iris Murdoch, and has also published books on Angus Wilson and John Fowles. Outside literature he has published Going Buddhist, a moving and clear-sighted contemplation on Buddhism. He is Professor Emeritus in English of Kingston University.


At the Bright Hem of God is a scholarly, lyrical, autobiographical guide to the March. Conradi is witty, dreamy and gossipy in turn.' Ronald Blythe, TLS 'Completed by Simon Dorrell's exquisite pen-and-ink miniatures, it is the perfect primer to this quiet stretch of Wales.' - The Independent Vibrant and very charming - his love for the place shines out." - Rose Tremain 'Imbued with the author's intimate knowledge and love of the Welsh Border country Conradi's new book is rich in insights, surprises and delights.' - James Roose Evans [At the Bright Hem of God] is extraordinarily rich in narrative and scope of reference, and often poetic in its evocation of this loneliest of rural places, a landscape of 'golden silences'. Wandering smoothly and beguilingly among topics, personalities and historical periods, startling with little known facts, both celebration and elegy, it is a lovely book.A" PN Review 190 "elegantly writtenA" New Welsh Review poets and writers who were born here [in Radnorshire], sojourned here, or just dreamed of visiting, Conradi weaves them all into Radnorshire's warp to create a stunning tapestry, injecting familiar names with fresh insights. [ - ] Conradi's Radnorshire enables a thrilling glimpse of [ - ] eternityA" Church Times

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