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ALONG CAME A LLAMA

Ruth Janette Ruck

  • Original Title: ALONG CAME A LLAMA
  • Publication date: January 1978
  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Country: GB
  • 220 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, PEOPLE facing life, Personal fulfilment, Life change, Looking back on one's life, Disease, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, CHARACTERS, Animal

Pitch

The true story of how a baby llama transformed a Welsh farming family forever. Ruth and her family run a farm in Snowdonia. Visiting a zoo, they are dazzled by the rare sight of a llama, and vow to bring one of these bizarre, enchanting creatures home. Baby Nusta arrives in 1975, and thus they begin raising a llama whilst battling illness and family tragedy.

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The publisher is reissuing the book in October 2020

Pitched as MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS meets THE SECRET LIFE OF COWS

Ruth Janette Ruck wrote two other much-loved memoirs - PLACE OF STONES (1961) and HILL FARM STORY (1966). She died in 2006 but her family still run the same farm today - minus the llama, alas.

Summary

The charming tale of how a baby llama transformed a Welsh farming family forever.

" It was a historic moment: we were leading a llama where llama had never been led before. She moved with a graceful stateliness, blue sky overhead, sunshine glittering on her golden wool and the Welsh mountains all around. 'Do you mind having a llama in your veg garden?' I asked my mother. 'I should be delighted,' she said. "

Things llamas like:
Snaffling cherry brandy, Easter eggs, and the Radio Times.
Fluttering movie star eyelashes at surprised visitors.
Curling up in 'tea-cosy' position by the fire.
Orbiting, helicoptering, and oompahing.
Humming along to classical music.
Locking victims in the lavatory.
Spitting nuts like a pea-shooter.
Chasing snowy toboggans.

Things llamas dislike:
Having toenails trimmed by a visiting circus.
Being adopted mother to an orphaned lamb.
Invitations to star on Blue Peter.
The indignity of being sheared.
Accidentally swimming.
Snowdonia’s rainfall.
The dark.

Ruth Ruck and her family run a farm in Snowdonia, weathering cow pats on the carpet and nesting hens in the larder; but when dark days strike, they take a holiday that transforms the farm forever. Visiting a zoo, they are dazzled by the rare sight of a llama - and vow to bring one of these bizarre, enchanting creatures to the Welsh mountains. Baby Nusta ('Princess') arrives in 1975, and thus begins the intriguing business of raising a llama whilst battling illness and family tragedy.

Whether by flirting with surprised visitors by fluttering film star eyelashes; curling up in her 'tea-cosy' position on the hearth rug; tooting with disgruntlement in the Welsh rain; or swimming like a miniature Loch Ness monster, Nusta becomes a local celebrity and the beloved matriarch of the family, lighting up their lives through a difficult year.

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  • Author’s biography

    Ruth Janette Ruck wrote three much-loved memoirs - PLACE OF STONES (1961), HILL FARM STORY (1966), and ALONG CAME A LLAMA (1978) - about her Welsh hill farm Carneddi which became a local tourist attraction in Snowdonia, even starring in an 'About Britain' episode called 'The Lady and the Llama.' She died in 2006 but her family still run the same farm today - minus the llama, alas.