The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones - Recommended by Tanya Scoon
I’m a sucker for a book with an intriguing title, and this one is up there alongside ‘The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared.’ This is a charming tale written in the very precise and correct language of the period in which it is set, which adds to the ambience of the story which centres on the life of a rather naive undertaker in the Welsh village of Narbeth in 1924.
Wilfred Price has been brought up by his father after his mother died giving birth to him, and therefore he is fairly ignorant to the ways of the fairer sex. When Wilfred proposes, very impulsively and unexpectedly, to a girl he barely knows, he immediately realises he has made a huge mistake, and sets about trying to rectify the situation. However, what he believes will be a straightforward task proves to be anything but, and his simple life caring for the dead, suddenly becomes very complicated... The characters in this debut novel are delightfully portrayed in this quaint and moving love story.