A very, very sombre read, and not easy, for all that it's quite short. It's about a Welsh family in the decades before the first world war, and the poverty they endure. Not just the outside pressures, but the snobbishness and selfishness of their own families, refusing to share money equally or take any responsibilities.
I got fond of the family, slowly, most of them. A lot of them don't get much description, and it focuses on a couple of them in more detail, but no one is really central, just the family as a unit.
Sad and hard to read, and not exciting at all, but still worth it.