"The Welsh Boy is a scintillating rediscovery of one of the hidden gems of eighteenth-century literature and brings back to life a true story of passionate love and outrageous sexual scandal in the sleepy provincial town of Ross-on-Wye. James Parry is blessed with a wonderful singing voice that has allowed him to escape his humble origins in South Wales. Mary Powell is the richest heiress in the district - also its loveliest, and its most daring. When Mary engages James as her music master their lessons at the spinet turn into tutorials in the most heavenly pleasures. But love is one thing, sex another and marriage yet a third."