‘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.”