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Bred of Heaven

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Reference, Humour & Gift

Bred of Heaven

One man's quest to reclaim his Welsh roots

Jasper Rees

A year in pursuit of Welshness

eBook (ePUB/MOBI)?
9781847654229 (4 Aug 2011)

About the book

Jasper Rees has always wanted to be Welsh. But despite Welsh grandparents (and a Welsh surname) he is an Englishman: by birth, upbringing and temperament.

In this singular, hilarious love letter to a glorious country so often misunderstood, Rees sets out to achieve his goal of becoming a Welshman by learning to sing, play, work, worship, think - and above all, speak - like one. On the way he meets monks, tenors and politicians, and tries his hand at rugby and lambing - all the while weaving together his personal story with Wales's rich history. Culminating in a nail-biting test of Rees's Welsh-speaking skill at the National Eisteddfod, this exuberant journey of self-discovery celebrates the importance of national identity, and the joy of belonging.

About the author

Jasper Rees is an arts journalist, and the author of Wenger and I Found My Horn.


A most entertaining and inspiring handbook for anyone who would really prefer to be Welsh - and who wouldn't?

- Jan Morris

A lyrical book: funny, hugely enjoyable, often deeply moving. And he's learned what makes the Welsh tick. No mean feat for a man who's English by birth.

- John Humphrys

An engaging, touching story told with humour and heart

- Wanderlust

Wonderfully readable, warm, funny and very entertaining

- Steve Dube, Western Mail

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Reference, Humour & Gift