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Venice in the Valleys

Ray Noyes

Lightning Source POD



The Fogle family, the rich landowners of Abertump has a strange son, Marmaduke Wellington Fogle, who has returned penniless from his grand tour of Europe. He spent most of his time and their money tobogganing in Austria and lazing around Venice, where he fell in love with gondolas. Horatio had already tried using the canal for boating, but failed. So here is another chance for him to try again, this time using Fogle money. That Marmaduke insists on having gondolas, which Horatio has never heard of (he also thinks Venice is near Wrexham), causes him genuine problems. Where will he get them? Since he always refuses help, he decides to make them - rather special, and very Welsh, ones. Luckily for Horatio, Marmaduke, like his father, always adopts the philosophy of never actually doing anything but ‘leaving it up to the chaps’ to sort out. This provides space and time for Horatio to manage the construction of the gondolas himself with disastrous and rather comic results.  Venice is not in imminent danger of facing stiff competition from Abertump!


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Customer Reviews (2)


What an attractive and amusing collection of tales of Horatio's ap Llewellyn Evans' exploits! Although these stories are set in the South Wales valleys, I'm sure that you, like me, will easily recognise many of the characters whom he tries ( but fails ) to persuade to his left wing ways of thinking, and his self delusion and misguided determination to avoid paying for anything. Horatio was (and perhaps still is - he was born appropriately on a bin-collection day in 1939 and he might still be around) a true re-cycler, long before it became fashionable. For your sanity and enjoyment, read this book.

Very well written and observed by the narrator. It has a lovely happy ending in the last chapter. Hope there is more to come!

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