by Frank Cottrell Boyce
"Dylan Hughes always looks on the bright side of things. Sure, his hometown of Manod, Wales, is the rainiest spot in Britain, but it also has the lowest crime rate. Yes, the mountain at the edge of town is the site of a defunct slate quarry, which means the whole mountain, and much of the town, is covered in the uniformly gray color of slate. But, as Dylan says, "All the other mountains around here have grass on the top. Ours is covered in broken slate. Basically they turned the mountain inside out. I mean, how many towns have got an inside-out mountain at the end of the High Street?"
Review by Norah Piehl