Today’s Welsh word, for readers of Not Thomas who are unfamiliar with the language, is:
On page 212, Tomos calls round to the lady next door. He doesn’t know where his mother is, so he asks the lady to ring the police. She says ‘Oh diawl, there’s no need for that.’
‘Diawl’ – which, when you say it fast, sounds like ‘jawl’ – means ‘devil’
(And call the police is exactly what the lady next door should have done.)
Sara’s debut novel ‘Not Thomas’ – a story of child neglect, love and hope, shown through the eyes of five-year-old Tomos – is published by Honno Press in paperback and as an e-book, and is available to buy direct from the publisher, from Amazon and from bookshops.