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  • Delirium is the new collection of short prose by award-winning author Robert Minhinnick. In classic Minhinnick style, it opens with his father’s diary kept in Burma during World War II, and the author telling stories to his mother in her care home. Characteristically broad ranging in thought and style, with a poet’s eye for the telling image and ear for the lyrical, Delirium is a kaleidoscopic book which provokes and intrigues. Available now.

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Peter Finch
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<p>Peter Finch is perhaps the foremost chronicler of Cardiff, past and present. His response to the 2020 lockdown restrictions confining people to their local authority area was to begin walking the boundary of his. This was in a mirror of his long walk along the south Wales coast recorded in <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/...
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Robert Minhinnick
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<p><strong>Recipient of Hay Festival <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/newsentry/robert-minhinnick-awarded-hay-festi... for Poetry.</a> </strong></p><p>This collection of short prose begins with a real 1945 diary kept in Burma, and Minhinnick telling stories to his mother in her care home.</p>...
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Kate Noakes
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<p><strong>Kate Noakes will be appearing at Hay Festival 2022 alongside Rosie Hayles on the 5th June. Find out more <a href="https://www.hayfestival.com/p-19076-kate-noakes-and-rosie-hayles.aspx">h... new addition to the Real Series explores the town of Hay-on-Wye, home to the prestigious the Hay Literature Festival and...
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Rhys Mwyn
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<p><strong>The Slate landscape&nbsp;of Northwest Wales is&nbsp;now a&nbsp;<a href="https://businessnewswales.com/welsh-slate-landscape-uks-newest-unesco-wo... World Heritage site</a>.</strong></p><p>This county-wide addition to the Real series explores mainland northwest Wales, an area rich...
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Owen Morgan
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<p><strong>&ldquo;A great go-to recipe book.&rdquo; &ndash; Matt&nbsp;Tebbutt</strong></p><p><strong>&ldquo;...every bit the equal of their cooking... the sort of tome that becomes battered&nbsp;and splattered with constant use.&rdquo;&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<em>Tom...
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<p><em>The Golden Valley </em>is a personal account in words and photographs of the Garw where Phil Cope has lived for thirty-five years. In it he explores the valley&rsquo;s history: sparsely worked agriculture; boom-town coal exploitation; sudden, followed by gentle, post-industrial decline; attempts at re-invigoration...
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Patrick McGuinness
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<p>Oxford, city of dreaming spires, bicycles, Inspector Morse, tourists, gentility. Or perhaps a less familiar place? <em>Jericho</em>, once seedy backstreets with Oxford&rsquo;s main porn cinema and an astonishing concentration of pubs, now mythologised by Philip Pullman and gentrified beyond the wildest imaginings of the...
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Grahame Davies
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<p><strong>&ldquo;I shall put this on the shelf next to Sinclair&#39;s &#39;London Orbital&#39; and Alan Moore&#39;s &#39;Jerusalem&#39; where it will conspire and whisper the secrets of time and place with its companions.&rdquo;&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Simon Satori&nbsp;Hendley</strong>...
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Daniel Butler
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<p>For twenty-five years Daniel Butler has lived in the Cambrian&nbsp;Mountains near&nbsp;Rhayader, absorbing the world around him&nbsp;and charting its changes, slow and rapid. His passion for keeping&nbsp;hawks was compounded by two wild birds, barn owls which&nbsp;nested at his farm and became increasingly tame and...
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Anne-Marie Fyfe
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<p><em>No Far Shore: Charting Unknown Waters</em>&nbsp;sees poet Anne-Marie Fyfe, who grew up on the Antrim Coast, explore her own writerly passion for horizon-gazing, on&nbsp;an odyssey from her native Cushendall by way of water&rsquo;s-edge locations such as Orkney, Felixstowe, Swansea and Cork to Martha&rsquo;s...
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Peter Finch
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<p>Join Peter Finch and John Briggs on twenty walks around Cardiff, the bustling capital of Wales. Together they visit the new and the ancient, the difficult, the undiscovered, the lesser-known, the artistic, the entertaining, the quirky and the unexpected. They criss-cross the city, informing, discovering, exploring, and enduring, reviving...
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John Osmond
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<p><strong>&#39;John Osmond takes time out from shaping the destiny of the nation to reshape our understanding of one corner of that nation.&#39; - Grahame Davies</strong></p><p>John Osmond calls Preseli &ndash; west and north Pembrokeshire &ndash; magical country. It is a landscape of bare hills, big...
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Phil Cope
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<p>Author and photographer Phil Cope takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from&nbsp; Anglesey to&nbsp; Gwent. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere &ndash; on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells,...
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Ian McMillan
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<p><strong>&lsquo;There are more, often hilarious, vignettes than points on the local map, every one of which is covered&rsquo; &ndash; <em>The Yorkshire Times</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p>In <em>Real Barnsley</em>, Ian McMillan delves into the past of the Barnsley area...
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<p>Wales is full of wildlife sites and in&nbsp;<em>Wild Places</em>&nbsp;television naturalist Iolo&nbsp;Williams picks his favourite forty from the many nature reserves scattered&nbsp;around the country. From Cemlyn on Anglesey to the Newport Wetlands, from&nbsp;Stackpole in Pembrokeshire to the Dee Estuary,...
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Nicholas Murray
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<p><strong>&#39;Nicholas Murray unleashed his inner poet for his greatest nonfiction book,&nbsp;<em>Crossings</em>. An examination of borders of all kinds &ndash; cultural, political, linguistic &ndash;&nbsp;it is particularly poignant when he approaches liminal borders such as old age.&#39; Martina...
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<p>Peter Finch follows the trail of twentieth century popular music from a 1950s valve radio playing in a suburban Cardiff terrace to the reality of the music among the bars of Ireland, the skyscrapers of New York, the plains of Tennessee, the flatlands of Mississippi and the mountains of North Carolina. <em>The Roots of Rock from...
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Richard Collins
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<p>When Richard Collins was diagnosed with a progressive incurable disease in 2006 he decided to see as much of the world as he could while his condition allowed. The result is <em>The Road to Zagora</em>, a singular travel book which takes in India, Nepal, Turkey, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador and Wales. &lsquo;Mr Parkinson&...
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Jasmine Donahaye
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<p><strong>Wales Book of the Year Non-Fiction Winner, English Language Category 2016</strong></p><p>In 2007, in a chance conversation with her mother, a kibbutznik, Jasmine Donahaye stumbled upon the collusion of her family in the displacement of Palestinians in 1948. She set out to learn the story of what happened,...
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Phil Cope
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<p>Author and photographer Phil Cope, takes his camera on a journey through the sacred wells of Scotland from the Borders to the Orkney Islands. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere &ndash; on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells...
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Island of Lightening, Robert Minhinnick
Robert Minhinnick
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<p><em>Island of Lightning</em> is the latest book of travel essays by the prizewinning Robert Minhinnick, poet, novelist, translator, cultural commentator and environmentalist. In it he travels from his home in south Wales to Argentina, China, Finland, Iraq, Tuscany and Piemonte, Malta, New York, Zagreb, Lithuania and the...
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Edging the Estuary, Peter Finch
Peter Finch
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<h3>2022 Reprint Now Available</h3><h4>Finch&#39;s companion volume <em><a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/edging-city">Edging the City</a>,</em> in which he walks the Cardiff border,&nbsp;is available <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/edging-city...
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Beyond the Pampas, Imogen Rhia Herrad
Imogen Rhia Herrad
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<p>Much in this book, particularly in the second half, absorbed and fascinated me. By the end I felt like I had discovered the indigenous roots of Patagonia along with Herrad.<em> <strong>&ndash; New Welsh Review</strong><br /><br />Beyond the Pampas</em> is an entrancing and highly unusual account of...
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<p>&#39;Conradi writes thoughtfully and non-judgementally even when dealing with contentious matters of Welsh politics and cultural identity. He is glad to quote Bidgood&#39;s declaration that she did not come to this area to escape the world: &quot;This is the world.&quot; Completed by Simon Dorrell&#39;s exquisite pen-...
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