|The National Flag of Wales. Love it!|
In the months since that original post (How To Do A Welsh Accent), I've read books with Welsh characters, some by Welsh writers, others not. Here's a short list I think would help you in your efforts, if you happen to be on this Team:
|one of my favorites!|
The Rose Rent
The Hermit of Eyton Forest
The Summer of the Danes
An Excellent Mystery
Dead Man's Ransom
The Virgin in the Ice
The Raven in the Foregate
Brother Cadfael's Penance.
A Faded Coat of Blue, by Owen Parry
A recent immigrant to this land -- where American has taken up arms against American -- Abel Jones finds himself mysteriously chosen as confidential agent to General George McClellan, the "savior of the Union."No stranger to the cruel paradoxes of war, Jones is asked to investigate the death of Anthony Fowler, a young volunteer captain shot through the heart outside an encampment of raw recruits. Fowler was one of the North's "golden youth," envied and idolized, an impassioned abolitionist and sole son of a powerful merchant dynasty. Instantly, his murder is blamed on the Confederates -- but whispers haunt the death of this fallen martyr, leading Abel Jones from the blood of the battlefield through the intrigues of Washington, D.C., and into a web of secrets and sinister relationships where evil and good intertwine...and where heroes fall prey to those who cherished them the most.
How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewellyn.
How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn's bestselling -- and timeless -- classic and the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when South Wales still prospered, when coal dust had not yet blackened the valley. Drawn simply and lovingly, with a crisp Welsh humor, Llewellyn's characters fight, love, laugh and cry, creating an indelible portrait of a people.
I'm several chapters into this book, so cannot yet speak to whether it will turn out to be a good story (though it is a classic and well loved, from what I've read about it so I have high hopes in that regard). The characters are engaging, but most of all the rhythm of the prose and especially the dialogue is what I was hoping to find to help tune my ear to the sound of a Welsh accent.
The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain. It's set in Wales during the early 1900s, and stars Hugh Grant and Colm Meaney. It's funny and touching, and loaded with lovely Welsh speech.
Okay Team, write that accent! Make it authentic! Avoid creative phonetic spellings whenever you can!!! Has anyone seen my pom-poms?!!!