They are beautifully written and absolutely draw you into the life of a young boy and through him to gain a flavour of life in Wales in the last century. There are some great stories, especially for me the earlier ones where you see a child’s bafflement at getting to grips with social niceties and trying to understand why adults act in the way they do. It rather artfully lays bare the quixotic nature of a lot of adult interactions.
There is a great story of a time when he was dragged along as a child while two women confronted a man with cheating on the both. There is something so surreal about these two women gearing themselves up to have it out with this man while they have a child in tow, it is fiercely snowing and the only place they know to find him is a bus stop. And Thomas so beautifully captures the still moments in all of the action, and I think that makes the story even more poignant.
He also vividly captures the experience of love for both teenagers and young adults throughout his book – the fun, the sad, the exciting and the awkward.
All in all, it was a good read and really well written.