small country, sian james, seren classics
Sian James
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<div><em>A Small Country</em> is the story of the Evans family, farmers in Carmarthenshire. In the summer of 1914 son Tom returns from Oxford to find the family falling apart. His handsome father has gone to live with schoolmistress Miriam Lewis, who is to have his child. His mother, broken-hearted, lies ill in bed, while his...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>Set in a country lying somewhere between Wales and central Asia, in a time which might be the middle ages or the near-present, <em>Folk Music</em> is a rounded and satisfying portrayal of a small rural community, its loves and its conflicts, and the tensions which threaten its cohesion.<br />Central to the story is the...
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love & war, sian james
Sian James
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<p>Siân James brings her customary narrative flair and ear for dialogue to this beautifully-observed novel of love, scandal and grief set in wartime rural Wales.<br /><br />For three years, young teacher Rhian Evans has lived a life of isolation in her small village, patiently awaiting the return of her soldier-husband, Huw....
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love from Wales
Sian James
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<p>&#39;Who made an ache under my rib?&#39; asks the poet on the first page of <em>Love from Wales</em>, and just what makes the Welsh a passionate race? This selection of poetry and prose on the theme of love by Welsh poet Tony Curtis and novelist Sian James offers some lively answers.<br /><br /><em>...
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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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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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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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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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Sean Tyrone, Symphony of Horrors, Mark Ryan
Mark Ryan
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<p>&lsquo;It seemed as if the whole town had died.&#39;</p><p>Sean O&#39;Brien left his wife and son in County Tyrone to find work as a collier in the South Wales Valleys. Years later Niamh O&#39;Brien is dying and sends her son Jack on a quest to find out what became of his father. Sean &lsquo;Tyrone&...
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Second Chance, Sian James
Sian James
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<h2><br /><br /><br /><em>&quot;A superb ear for dialogue and a marksman eye for revealing detail.&quot;</em> <strong>-- Sunday Times</strong></h2><p><em>&ldquo;Siân James writes fluently and with lively humour.&rdquo;</em> <strong>-- The Times</strong...
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See How They Run, Lloyd Jones
Lloyd Jones
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<p>&quot;Lloyd Jones&#39;s novella has the epic scope of the novels of Umberto Eco... the quirkiness and attention to details of John Irving.&quot; <em>&ndash; <strong>New Welsh Review</strong></em><br /><br />&quot;Jones captures a magic largely absent from the modern world.&quot...
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shifts, christopher meredith
Christopher Meredith
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<p><em>&quot;the classic statement about the [post-industrial] situation, both social and personal&quot; </em><strong>- Prof. Stephen Knight in </strong><em><strong>One Hundred Years of Fiction</strong></em></p><p><em>&quot;A first novel of consummate skill&...
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Christopher Meredith
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<p>Clint and Dustin are coconuts, 10L have turned into three-toed sloths, Gron is becoming Zero Mostel, the lower sixth is an airliner of people about to fall out of the sky, and you, you&rsquo;ve turned into a three-eyed Martian who speaks a nounless language and has forgotted to pay the child minder. But what&rsquo;s all this got...
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Significance
Jo Mazelis
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<p><strong>2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winner.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&lsquo;Significance is written with admirable storytelling skill that weaves captivating narrative tension, poetic density and exploration of ideas.&rsquo; Valerie Sirr, Wales Arts Review<br /...
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Jo Mazelis, Significance
Jo Mazelis
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<p><strong>First edition of <em>Significance</em> still available <a href="http://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/significance">here</a>.</strong... Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winner.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&lsquo;Significance is...
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Six Pounds Eight Ounces, Rhian Elizabeth
Rhian Elizabeth
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<p>&nbsp;Hannah King is a liar, so everyone says. That means her stories of growing up in the Rhondda, as told in <em>Six Pounds Eight Ounces</em>, must be treated with caution. Debut novelist Rhian Elizabeth opens Hannah&rsquo;s notebook up on her own little world of crazy friends and crazy family, and a crazy school...
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Robert Watson
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<p>At the end of the Fifties the quiet fishing town of Milford Haven faces the future as plans for an oil refinery are announced. Traditional values are challenged when big city corruption arrives in the shape of a dead man and a briefcase full of money. The comfortable life of trawlerman John Eakins and his family is plunged into chaos as...
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Mary-Ann Constantine
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<p><strong>&lsquo;<em>Star-Shot</em> is one of those mysterious novels which slowly takes hold of you, turns you on your head, spins you around and makes you begin to question the world around you.&rsquo; &ndash; Wales Arts Review </strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Part fable, part...
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Roger Granelli
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<p>Mark&rsquo;s fifteen. His friends call him Psycho. He hates school and has a burgeoning career in house-breaking. His dad left when he was just a kid, and now he&rsquo;s stuck on a mountain-top estate with the worst reputation in Wales. His best mate Daniels - if you can call him a mate - sniffs glue. Emma&rsquo;s always...
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Storm at Arberth, sian james
Sian James
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<p>Marian, a doctor&rsquo;s widow, has moved to a cottage in a small Pembrokeshire town. Her neighbour in the Big House, Gerald, an expert on the standing stones of the Preseli mountains, believes their power continues today. Marian is sceptical but her visitor, the once-beautiful Sally, is revitalised by some power which seems on that...
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Gary Ley
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<p>Gary Ley&rsquo;s second novel is a compulsive psychological exploration of two obsessional characters forced together in rural Peru. José is a politics lecturer on the theoretical wing of Sendero Luminoso, the Marxist revolutionary group in Peru. Hugo is a Brit, an aeroplane salesman with a deal to tie up in Brazil. José is pre-...
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Tiffany Murray
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<p><strong>&lsquo;<em>Sugar Hall</em> glints and glimmers&rsquo; &ndash; David Mitchell, author of New York Times bestseller <em>The Bone Clocks </em>and <em>Cloud Atlas</em></strong></p><p>Easter 1955 and Britain waits for a hanging.<br />Dieter Sugar finds a...
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Helen Blackhurst
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Blackhurst&rsquo;s prose is so vivid that the reader can almost taste the dust and feel the unrelenting heat&rsquo; &ndash; Books Ireland</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Set in a small fictional mining town in south-west Australia, Monica Harvey, a twelve-year-old English...
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