Sea Holly

Robert Minhinnick
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2007
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Shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize

‘It’s language quicksilvering a howl of anguish…on the strength of this book alone, Minhinnick stakes his claim to be regarded as the finest writer working in any genre in Wales today.’ – Jim Perrin, on To Babel and Back

‘The leading Welsh poet of his generation’  – Sean O’Brien, Sunday Times

A stunning debut novel from this award-winning poet and essayist, Sea Holly is a story of drifting, burnt-out lives, shadowed by the mysterious disappearance of a vivacious young girl. Sea Holly tells the story of John Vine, a hard working English teacher who has left job and family and moved to a nearby coastal caravan park, calling bingo numbers for a living.

“John Vine? He has it all. Home, family, career. You can’t knock that. But he has this worm inside him, this dissatisfaction… A boy of twenty, that’s OK, he’s going to dream. But a man of fifty? With a young piece who thinks he’s not half bad?…believe me that’s when everything’s going to come loose.That’s when it’s going to get dangerous.”

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Review from the NEW WELSH REVIEW

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"Minhinnick evokes a place in which detritus and squalor go hand in hand with the untameable wildness and beauty of nature."

03/03/2010 - 15:04
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Review from Waterstone's Fiction Planner

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'Minhinnick has brought his poet’s eye to the landscape and a realism to the lives of his characters. It is an unsettling read, but I’m glad I made the effort.’ Rodney Troubridge

03/03/2010 - 15:02