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    Mari Strachan
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    Canongate Books; Main edition (May 6, 2010)
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The Earth Hums in B Flat. Fri 20 Mar 2009 2. 4 EDT First published on Fri 20 Mar 2009 2. 4 EDT.

Mari Strachan has been immersed in books all her life. She has worked as a librarian in academic, school, public, private and prison libraries. She and her husband live part-time on a tiny smallholding in the hills of Ceredigion, West Wales, and part-time on a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal in London, where much of The Earth Hums in B Flat was written.

Ms Strachan wrote these scenes impeccably. I'm suspicious of adult novels told in the first person from a child's point of view

Ms Strachan wrote these scenes impeccably. It’s all about family secrets, ancestry and it’s about finding out where you fit in amongst all that. I'm suspicious of adult novels told in the first person from a child's point of view. The child is never really a child.

Set in a small Welsh village in the 1950s, The Earth Hums in B Flat is a story of dark family secrets. It's filled with wonderful characters and written with insight and sparkling tenderness

Set in a small Welsh village in the 1950s, The Earth Hums in B Flat is a story of dark family secrets. It's filled with wonderful characters and written with insight and sparkling tenderness. Gwenni Morgan can fly in her sleep-that's how she sees what's going on in the village, and how she tries to make some sense of her family and her world.

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It would be tempting to label The Earth Hums in B Flat – in which an 11-year-old girl investigates a disappearance in a small Welsh town in the 1950s – as Under Milk Wood meets What Was Lost, but Strachan has a voice and a vision all her own. Publishers Weekly.

This is a book to be slowly savoured. A story of secrets and misunderstandings - I recognised Gwenni's world immediately. A funny and touching story which I loved very much. In the meantime, if you know any books with non-binary main characters you think we should include, please let us know. Success against the odds.

Gwenni Morgan is not like any other girl in this small Welsh town. Inquisitive, bookish and full of spirit, she can fly in her sleep and loves playing detective. So when a neighbour mysteriously vanishes, and no one seems to be asking the right questions, Gwenni decides to conduct her own investigation.

Mari Strachan's unforgettable novel was one of the most acclaimed and successful debuts of 2009. It is a heart-breaking and hugely enjoyable story.

This book is an absolute gem! I am so happy I found it, and so sad to have finished it! Mari Strachan is one of the most talented wordsmiths I have ever encountered. Her attention to detail is stunning - she clearly has very vivid memories of what it was like to be 12-years-old. Gwenni Morgan is a delightful character, so very real, I believe she could fly, and I will miss her!

Please write another book, Mari!
This is a solid four star read for me. Gwenni is twelve years old, lives in Wales and dreams of being a detective. She is more herself than most characters I have ever encountered in a book. She soars in her dreams at night, ( or does she? ) flying above the countrysid and seeing things she doesn't always want to see.

She lives with Magda her mam and her Tada ( dad) and older sister Bethan. I never did manage to warm up to Bethan, and by the end of the book, liked her even less.

Nearby, live her paternal grandmother Nain, and auntie Lol. They and Tada and good people, kind and loving and caring in the face of any and all obstacles. Twelve is a difficult age, and I remember it very well. Perhaps I I was so drawn to Gwenni, because I remember being twelve and playing "spy" with my best friend. I also remember it being the summer that we met some boys. Gwenni, though, has no time for that. She, Like myself in fact, was looking for companionship, friendship and someone to discover things with. And believe me, it is no wonder she dreamed of being a detective. A clever girl she is, and nothing gets past her, not once she thinks about it. This cleverness and a misstep by a teacher bring this story to a fine climax.

Well, that and the death that changed everything.
I wouldn't often consider giving a book a top rating but Mari Strachan does this book beautifully. Her characters are really well expressed and developed and therefore very believable. She exposes the culture of the community life in which the story is set in the most simplistic and unobvious way and doesn't get overly prosaic at all. It was also really refreshing to get an insight into the culture of rural Wales - it's not often explored in literary fiction. Strachan's understanding of life from the perspective of her adorable and quirky 12-year old heroine is entirely plausible.
A murder mystery as described by a young girl who is socially isolated. It's fascinating to see the difference between a child's view and those of the adults. It makes you question social justice as well as the sanity of the narrator whose mother had been mentally and emotionally disturbed.
Great read
but well worth the effort. A coming of age tale of a young Welch girl woven sympathetically with well drawn characters and a morality tale as well. Lyrically written of a time and place I was not personally familiar with but came to delight in.
A readable story!
As other reviewers have noted, Mari Strachan's ability to put herself in the mind of a teenage girl is remarkable. This makes for a charming read as Gwenni recounts events in her Welsh village.