Staff recommendation: For generations the Hamers have farmed land at the Funnon, their home in the Welsh borders. Idris, satisfied with the old ways of the plough and his intimate knowledge of his land and beasts, avoiding sin, his mind and body carrying memories of the First World War. Etty, his young wife, more willing to flow with the century’s changing tides to keep the family alive. Oliver, their son, is both farmer and fighter, whose legend grows in the community. The depth of knowledge and communication with the landscape of this farming family is powerfully told. As the century progresses and each generation shows its own character the gains and losses of history are felt profoundly. A compelling and intimate novel.