Land of My Father
Ronnie Knox Mawer
Were fathers really like this in the 1920s and 30s? Or was Knox Mawer Senior an aberration, a uniquely awesome patriarch of Dickensian proportions who took himself so seriously that he was only comical?
Following Ronnie Knox Mawer's Tales of a Man Called Father, these hilarious stories look back on Father's take-over of Wales, when he acquired a Welsh wife and set up as a High Street chemist in Wrexham, Denbighshire, with bizarre results.
Who could forget the day when Billy, the Regimental Goat of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, invaded the dispensary? Or the time when the National Eisteddfod was severely disrupted by Father's appropriation of the largest of the Bardic Stones?
Meanwhile, on the domestic front, the Red Dragon flew over the Victorian rooftop of 'Resthaven', the icy house where rest was unheard of for Father's four captive offspring, and hostilities raged unceasingly with his neighbour the dentist Major Hurford-Jones.
This very funny book, as well as making you laugh out loud, will certainly remind you of someone in your own family history and revive memories of life as it was in far-off, pre-war provincial Britain.
'Knox Mawer and Son — purveyors of high class family entertainment. Every page a delight. I genuinely couldn't put it down. I think it is the best thing he has done — and he has done many good things' Ian Skidmore
Ronnie Knox Mawer grew up in Wrexham, north Wales. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Horse Artillery and then read law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. After being called to the Bar, he served with HM Overseas Judiciary until 1970. He has now retired from the Bench and devotes himself to writing. His many short stories have been published in such magazines as Punch, Cornhill Magazine and Argosy, and he has published three books relating to his hilarious experiences as a judge as well as Tales of a Man Called Father, dealing with his childhood.