On an Offa Bus


On an Offa Bus Encounters and thoughts on a border land
Gareth Wheatley

On an Offa Bus is a highly entertaining, humorous and informative account of ten bus journeys backwards and forwards across the Welsh/English border country where the author, with a sharp eye for detail, records the conversations he has had with the residents of both countries. 'You don't have to go as far as Bleached Bones, Arizona to meet eccentrics. a journey through the shadowy borderlands between England and Wales will do just the same.' He travels the length of the border, from Prestatyn to Sedbury, calling in at Chester, Wrexham, Whitchurch, Oswestry, Llanfyllin, Shrewsbury, Montgomery, Kington, Knighton, Bishops Castle, Newtown, Leominster, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Abergavenny, Monmouth and Chepstow on the way.

'In Presteigne, a tall thin man looked down at his mobile phone. Somehow I knew he was an addict who would try to avoid events where requests are made to turn off mobiles. Vicars can be so selfish.'

Throughout this highly readable book, there are underlying themes. Does a marcher or border person truly exist with no particular allegiance to either Wales or England? Do those who dwell on either side of Offa's Dyke have a passionate patriotism for their own country and countrymen? Does the duality of the region create an area that is particularly attractive to eccentrics?

Softback, 190pp.

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