The Last Hundred Days, Patrick McGuinness
Patrick McGuinness
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<p><strong>WINNER OF WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2012</strong><br /><br /><strong>WINNER OF THE 2012 WRITERS GUILD AWARD FOR &#39;BEST FICTION BOOK&#39;</strong><br /><br /><strong>LONG-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2011</strong></p><p><strong>SHORT-...
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Daniel's Beetles
Tony Bianchi
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<p><em>Daniel&#39;s Beetles</em> is the author&#39;s translation of his prizewinning novel, <em>Pryfeta</em></p><p>Daniel is six. One afternoon, while playing with insects in the garden, he sees his father fall to his death. Is he upset? It&rsquo;s difficult to say, because Daniel would prefer...
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Quality of Light, Richard Collins
Richard Collins
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<p><em>&quot;..Collins deftly pieces together the anatomy of a relationship, imagining what could have been, and offering a hint of hope for what might still come to pass&quot;</em> <strong>-- </strong><strong>The Guardian</strong></p><p><em>&quot;...this is another powerful,...
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The Colour of Grass, Nia Williams
Nia Williams
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<p><strong><em>&quot;This read will draw you into its story within minutes&quot;</em> </strong>Woman Magazine</p><p><em><strong>&quot;..witty, wry and charming&quot;</strong></em><strong> </strong>Western Mail</p><p><em>The Colour of...
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Zihhal Bethell, Le Temps des Cerises
Zillah Bethell
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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Zillah Bethell brings events to life in a rollercoaster, almost caricature-like style, rather than a realistic reconstruction of history and hardship, although the details of the setting are keenly researched and acutely dramatised.&nbsp; Her protagonist is Eveline, a young woman longing for action,...
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The Dreams of Max and Ronnies  Griffiths, Niall
Niall Griffiths
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<p><br /><br /><em>&quot;..both tales include passages of razor-sharp humour as well as great beauty and poignancy...&quot;</em> <strong>- New Welsh Review</strong></p><p>Iraq-bound young squaddie Ronnie takes something dodgy and falls asleep for three nights in a filthy hovel where he...
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The Meat Tree, Gwyneth Lewis
Gwyneth Lewis
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<p><strong>&lsquo;The successful recreation of myth requires a wiliness that exceeds that of the original myth makers, and Lewis patiently and skillfully demonstrates that wiliness&rsquo; &ndash; The TLS</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A dangerous tale of desire, DNA, incest and flowers plays...
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A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees, Clare Dudman
Clare Dudman
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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Impoverished and oppressed, they&rsquo;d been promised paradise on earth: a land flowing with milk and honey. But what the settlers found after a devastating sea journey was a cold South American desert where nothing could survive except tribes of nomadic Tehuelche Indians, possibly intent on massacring...
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russell celyn jones
Russell Celyn Jones
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<p>Pwyll, a young Welsh ruler in a post-oil world, finds his inherited status and military obligations hard to take. Not only this but he&rsquo;s never quite sure how he&rsquo;s drawn into murdering his future wife&rsquo;s fiancé, losing his only son and switching beds with the king of the underworld&hellip; In this bizarrely...
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white ravens, owen sheers
Owen Sheers
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<p><em>&quot;a gripping contemporary story&hellip; brilliantly absorbs the magical elements of the original&rdquo; </em><strong>The Guardian</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;Sheers makes his 20th-century setting sing but holds on to the otherworldliness of his source material&hellip; A...
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foreign bodies, candy neubert
Candy Neubert
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<h2>&nbsp;</h2><p><br />&lsquo;Deep down she had always known that the world was like this. It was incredible to think of all those people in their offices in London still living their grey lives, while here in the Philippines&hellip; this. Life bursting out everywhere.&rsquo;</p><p>Fresh from...
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seahorses are real, zillah bethell
Zillah Bethell
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<h2>&nbsp;</h2><p><br />&quot;Savage and tender, <em>Seahorses are real</em> is a rich, unflinching fantasy of love and abuse.&quot; Kate Bingham</p><p>Marly&#39;s had enough of the cramped little rundown flat and wounded grey street where she lives with her fiance, David. If they...
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return to hendre du, sian james
Sian James
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<p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Return to Hendre Ddu</em> is a tumultuous sequel to Siân James&rsquo; classic novel <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/small-country"><em>A Small Country</em></a>. Once again Siân James&#39; talent for character and dialogue weaves an...
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Emyr Humphreys
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<h2>&nbsp;</h2><p><br />Emyr Humphreys is a major figure in twentieth-century writing and <em>The Woman at the Window</em> is an immensely enjoyable and impressive addition to his outstanding list of award-winning novels and short stories.</p><p>From the widow alone in the rectory drawing room to...
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Gary Ley
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<p>Fire brings death to a ranch in Texas. The only survivor is eight-year-old Ronnie, saved by Francis from the blaze which killed her family. Yet, as the smell of smoke fades, a hint of something equally destructive clouds the air: child abuse. Suspicion falls on Francis, the young outsider adrift in America, escaping the claustrophobia of...
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fighting pretty, louise walsh
Louise Walsh
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<h2>&nbsp;</h2><p><br /><strong>For the first time at an Olympic Games, the 10 men&#39;s Boxing events at London 2012 will be joined by three women&#39;s events. </strong><br /><br />Written in honest, original prose, sharp with imagery and a love of&nbsp; place, debut author Louise...
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between two seas, R.D Cook
R.D. Cook
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<p>Jenna wondered how their lives had become so snagged upon each other&#39;s. It would seem incongruous to an outsider that, now thirty-seven and struggling with her&nbsp;own complicated relationships, she could find herself so caught up in the life of Tomas &ndash; a college boy she hardly knew. And yet she could see the...
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everything is sinister, david llewellyn
David Llewellyn
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<p><br />&acute;Violence is the new language, celebrity is the new currency.&acute;</p><p><em>Everything is Sinister</em> is a darkly humorous novel with a biting take on the modern cult of celebrity and its potentially horrific consequences.</p><p>&ldquo;Destined to become a cult book,...
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if you fall i will catch you, eifion jenkins
Eifion Jenkins
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<p><em>If You Fall I Will Catch You</em> is a futuristic fantasy by debut novelist, Eifion Jenkins. Thinking the unthinkable &ndash; knowing the unknowable. Gwidion is a boy on the verge of manhood to whom 9/11 means nothing. But the psychic shock waves of an event that once shook the world are still felt in his village, all...
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last bird singing, allan bush
Allan Bush
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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Winner of the Glen Dimplex Award for fiction 2009</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&ldquo;Walking Clifton Street, in any direction, is like going to your own funeral.&rdquo;</strong><br /><br /><em>Last Bird Singing</em> is a blacker than black...
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The Loser
Fatos Kongoli
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<div>An extract from <em>The Loser</em> has been included in the 2010 English PEN/Writers in Translation anthology <em>Making the World Legible. </em>To download the anthlology free of charge, visit the website here: <a href="http://www.englishpen.org/writersintranslation/" style="color: blue; text-...
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sea holly, robert minhinnick
Robert Minhinnick
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<div><strong>Shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize</strong><br /><br />&lsquo;It&rsquo;s language quicksilvering a howl of anguish&hellip;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.&rsquo; <strong>&...
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Monica, Saunders Lewis
Saunders Lewis
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<p>Opinion on <em>Monica </em>has been deeply divided since its publication in 1930. Saunders Lewis&rsquo;s first novel was fiercely attacked by Welsh-speaking critics for its portrayal of sexual obsession and manipulation. For the first time the psychology which was such a feature of the work of contemporary authors was...
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everything must change, graham davies
Grahame Davies
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<p><strong><em>&quot;..simply the best novel I have ever read from our nation..&quot; Mike Jenkins (Welsh Poet and author)</em></strong></p><p><em>Everything Must Change</em> is a thoughtful first novel, exploring the place of passionately held, radical beliefs in the modern world. The...
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