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The Seasoning - By Manon Steffan Ros
Waterstones Wales Book of the Month July 2015!
About the book
On my eightieth birthday, Jonathan gave me a notebook. Hard-backed with brown and pale yellow marbling on the cover, like chocolate in cream.
‘I want you to write something for me,’ said Jonathan, his dark eyes
locking onto mine. ‘I want you to write your story, Mam.’
Peggy’s story is the story of her Snowdonia village – of a community that that shares its joys and its woes across floured kitchen tables and scrubbed shop counters.
Throughout Peggy’s life food looms large – the lack of it, the sharing of it, the eating of it – from gingerbread to cawl, ice-cream to bara-brith. Her recipes are well-used and much appreciated, but no one is quite sure where her inspiration comes from, why she is
the way she is.
Not until everyone’s tale is told does Peggy’s story unfold… as thick, dark and sticky as treacle.
Honno is an independent co-operative press run by women and committed to bringing you the best in Welsh women’s writing.
It was established in 1986 by a determined group of volunteers who wanted to increase the opportunities for Welsh women in publishing and bring Welsh women’s literature to a wider public. They asked the people of Wales to show their support for the new enterprise by becoming shareholders in the cooperative and in the first six months more than 400 people bought shares. Honno continues to be supported by hundreds of individual shareholders who believe in its work.
It is guided by the Honno Committee of volunteers who set the strategic direction of the Press, decide the publishing programme and manage the office and staff. The Honno office is located in the mid-Wales coastal town of Aberystwyth.