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<p>In 2020 everyone&rsquo;s lives were taken over by the Covid-19 pandemic. No-one was unaffected. The spring lockdown changed the way we lived, the way we looked at each other and at ourselves. Big questions engaged us all: PPE, the health service, care homes, shielding. We became used to new words: &lsquo;social distancing&...
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Angela Graham
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<h3>Longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2021</h3><p>A city burns in a crisis &minus; because the status quo has collapsed and change must come. Every value, relationship and belief is shaken and the future is uncertain.</p><p>In the twenty-six stories in <em>A City Burning</em>, set in Wales...
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Peter Benson
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<p>Ed Beech is one half of Beech Building Services. He&rsquo;s based in Bermondsey but no job&rsquo;s too small, no distance too great. So when he&rsquo;s asked to do some work on a house in Orkney, he loads the van with paint, tools and sandwiches, and takes off. He gets nervous around farm animals and large ships, and he&...
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Euron Griffith
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<p><em>When he smiled it really did feel as if the chilly Caernarfonshire wind had stopped for a few seconds and as if the place had suddenly got warmer.</em></p><p>When Miriam fell in love with Padraig life seemed simple. But soon she discovered that love is a treacherous business. Everything changed when she met...
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Rhian Edwards
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<p><strong>A <a href="https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poems/poetry-recommendations/">National Poetry Day</a> Recommended Read 2020</strong></p><p><em>The Estate Agent&rsquo;s Daughter</em> is Rhian Edwards&rsquo; eagerly awaited follow-up to her multi-prizewinning debut <a...
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Katrina Naomi
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<p><strong>&lsquo;...this is a liberating reminder that &ldquo;there are different ways to live&rdquo;...nothing can suppress the wild and quirky energy at play...Wild Persistence&nbsp;is the joyous affirmation we need.&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>PBS</em></strong></p><p><strong...
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Cath Drake
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<p><strong>&quot;Its unfettered creativity and sharp, critical mind work alongside one another to deliver a poetry collection equal parts fascinating, essential, abstract and educational. The insights it provides into the major struggles of our era and the particularly intimate approach it takes in doing so create a truly...
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Katherine Stansfield
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<p>Katherine Stansfield has made a name for herself both as a wryly witty poet of the everyday seen &lsquo;aslant&rsquo; and as a popular novelist of crime and fantasy. Her second poetry collection, <em>We Could Be Anywhere by Now</em>, is pointedly full of poems about placement and displacement. After a childhood on...
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Tamar Yoseloff
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<p><strong>&quot;Yoseloff&nbsp;has listened to voices other than her own, has caught their words and made poems that help us remember.&quot; - <em>London Grip</em></strong></p><p><strong>&quot;The great strength of this collection is&nbsp;Yoseloff&rsquo;s&nbsp;openness...
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Alexandra Ford
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Ford&rsquo;s book is as much about the retreading of history as it is about history itself. It&rsquo;s about the search for the truth as a way of understanding the truth of ourselves. She is careful not to forget the small kindnesses and cruelties that live within the sweep of world forces. This book is...
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Robert Minhinnick
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<p><strong>Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize</strong></p><p>Nia Vine is about to fulfil her dream of exploring an unmapped&nbsp;cave system. With her will go two friends who were brought up in the same seaside town.&nbsp;&nbsp;These companions are international travellers, but Nia, who has recently...
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<p><strong>&quot;This unique memoir shows the remarkable life of an ordinary man, proving that each life can be made extraordinary. Jim Neat...has had a powerful impact on the people he&rsquo;s met...something he will undoubtedly continue to do so through this book that has immortalised his unique spirit.&quot; - <em>...
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Lynne Hjelmgaard
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<p><strong>&quot;The pictures that&nbsp;Hjelmgaard&nbsp;paints with words are more akin to pale watercolours rather than anything striking in oils, a quiet soundscape of inner thoughts and emotions, and it is this that gives them their strength.&quot; - WriteOutLoud</strong></p><p><strong>&...
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Nula Suchet
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A cry from the heart that is a triumph of love over despair. &nbsp;Fear, guilt and anger are all here, but so too is real compassion and a genuine urge to make a difference.&rsquo; &ndash; Alan Titchmarsh</strong></p><p>When Nula&rsquo;s husband James, a documentary film-maker,...
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Deryn Rees-Jones
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<p><strong>Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2020</strong></p><p><strong>Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019</strong></p><p><strong>&quot;Rees-Jones moves between prose and poetry as if to test language in the act of transfiguration. Her imagination interpolates the...
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Peter J Conradi
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<p>Peter J. Conradi&rsquo;s memoir&nbsp;<em>Family </em><em>Business&nbsp;</em>includes a cast of characters ranging from his European Jewish forebears who came to Britain in the Victorian era to influential novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, whose biography Conradi himself wrote. The arc of Conradi...
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Damian Walford Davies
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<p><strong>&lsquo;When much new poetry looks no further than the poet&rsquo;s navel, this kind of imaginative leap is a tonic.&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>The Telegraph</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p>Victorian Cardiff &ndash;the world&rsquo;s busiest port, booming on the...
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Leslie Scase
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<p>1893: A train to the bustling industrial town of Pontypridd crashes, and in the chaos of the disaster a killer covers up a violent murder. Two years later Thomas Chard&rsquo;s arrival to take up his post as inspector in the burgeoning police force coincides with the grisly discovery of a body in the River Taff. Chard grapples with the...
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Jayne Joso
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<p><strong>&lsquo;With this tender story of trauma in a child&#39;s life, brimming with sympathy and insight, Jayne Joso hymns the compassion of strangers and the consolations of the sea.&rsquo; &ndash; Horatio Clare </strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;A beautifully written and masterfully...
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<p>Twenty years ago, four lives were brutally taken. But was an innocent man wrongfully convicted of this horrific crime? In the new edition of <em>The Clydach Murders</em>, author and solicitor John Morris reveals new information, making a forensic and compelling case ahead of Dai Morris&rsquo; latest appeal.</p><p...
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Vernon Hopkins
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<p>1960. Britain stood at the cusp of new times: the memory of the war was beginning to recede, employment was increasing, and something called rock and roll was knocking on the door from America. In Pontypridd, sixteen-year-old Vernon Hopkins had just found a new singer for his band: a local boy who would come to be known as Tom Jones. The...
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Jonathan Edwards
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<p><strong>Winner of the People&#39;s Choice Award, Wales Book of the Year 2019</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;As always Edwards&#39; writing is at once bold and sweeping whilst also managing to maintain a homely and intimate voice that feels personal​.&rsquo; &ndash; Ben Ray</strong>...
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David Llewellyn
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<p><strong>LONGLISTED&nbsp;FOR THE 2019&nbsp;POLARI&nbsp;PRIZE</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Beautifully told and beautifully written&rsquo; &ndash; Philip Reeve (author of&nbsp;Mortal Engines)</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;An impressive and compelling work...
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Barney Norris
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A rare duet, in which father and son rediscover a whole world through the redeeming power of art.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; Declan Kiberd</strong></p><p><br />In <em>The Wellspring </em>acclaimed novelist and dramatist Barney Norris conducts a conversation with his even...
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