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The World is a Wedding

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The World is a Wedding, Wendy Jones, book reviewThe World is a Wedding by Wendy Jones is the follow-up to her first novel, ‘The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals’ and picks up where that first book ends. I’ve not read the first book but I didn’t feel I was missing out or failing to follow the plot by not having previously ‘met’ Wifred and his ex-wife Grace.

The book is set in Narberth, Wales and in central London and the year is 1925. When the book begins, Wilfred is thinking about what an extraordinarily lucky fellow he is to have a good business, to have just married his sweetheart Flora Myfanwy and to have had a second chance after divorcing Grace. It will be some time before readers will get the full low-down on what went wrong with their marriage, and I’m not sure how much of Grace’s trials were revealed in the first book.

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl

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Grayson Perry: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl By Grayson Perry, By Wendy Jones, book reviewGrayson Perry is the sort of person about whom it’s hard not to have an opinion. Mention his name and people fall into three broad camps; those who say ‘Grayson WHO?’, those who say “Ah yes, the controversial potter who won the 2003 Turner Prize” and everyone else smiles and says “The bloke in the dress”. As the wife of a man who’s utterly obsessed by ceramics and spends his life researching potters and stalking the older ones in order to ‘buy before they die’ I was aware of Perry quite a while before he hit the mainstream.

We were sitting in the kitchen of an elderly but very esteemed potter who’d just given us a very nice lunch when the gentleman concerned started to rant about Grayson Perry.


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