Bill Watkins The Once and Future Celt

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The Once and Future Celt

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Bill’s journey into manhood has taken him through England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Now Bill finds himself stranded in a Gypsy camp. With an injured foot, the 21-year-old adventurer is comforted by the beautiful and elusive Riena, but then makes his way back home to Birmingham, where he finds himself set adrift on unemployment in recessionary England. Bill learns a family secret from his Welsh father, chases yet another girl, and finds some wisdom to close his long journey of self-discovery.

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"This is a delightful and often touching book, full of sly rebellion. Bill Watkins has a perfect ear for the more nonsensical sides of the heritage instinct, and a shrewd eye on where he came from and where he's going. Delicious." -Frank Delaney, author of the novels Tipperary and Ireland, and the six-part BBC series The Celts

"It's obvious that Bill Watkins loves language. And he is not afraid to use it. A very enjoyable read." -Alphie McCourt, author of A Long Stone's Throw

The title of The Once and Future Celt hints at the good-natured whimsy which pervades this delightful book...Based upon a narrative of his own adventures as a footloose young man and drawing upon his personal Welsh and Irish heritage, the author has created an engaging quest for the Camelot of the Mind.’... This book will appeal both to those who enjoy a fast-paced read populated with an array of well sketched characters and to those who enjoy ruminating about the issues which it explores." -Frederick Suppe, President, Celtic Studies Association of North America

They say the third time's the charm. Bill Watkins' first two books had charm in spades, but the third in his trilogy tells you the why’ to the other two books' what’... Bill Watkins is a born storyteller, descended from a long line (on both sides) of Celtic yarn-spinners. He manages to be disarming, funny, entertaining, and possesses a keen grasp of human nature and its foibles, often all within the same sentence. Read this book and be mightily entertained." -Sherry Ladig, contributing editor, Scottish News In Minnesota

Praise for other books by Bill Watkins:

Deserves to be read for its own brilliance laugh-out-loud funny Watkins’ tales make for pure reading pleasure.” -Publishers weekly, starred review of A Celtic Childhood

Will appeal to all people who enjoy music and myths and a wee bit of mischief.” -San Antonio Express-News on A Celtic Childhood

A memoir that will remind some of Angela’s Ashes except this one is laugh-out-loud funny.” -St. Paul Pioneer Press on A Celtic Childhood

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