• When Nula's Suchet's husband James was struck by Pick's disease, her life began a terrible downward spiral and she was widowed. Yes she wasn't alone. After John Suchet's wife, Bonnie, also dies from dementia, they begin a journey to re-embrace life. The Longest Farewell tells the heartbreaking story of dealing with dementia and of unexpectedly finding a happy ending. Available now

    A Heartbreaking True Story of Dementia
  • John Osmond calls Preseli - west and north Pembrokeshire - magical country. It is a landscape of bare hills, big skies and a dramatic coastline of bays and headlands. In Real Preseli, John Osmond's narrative mixture of history, memoir and personal knowledge, brings Preseli past and present alive in a thoroughly enjoyable and informative book. Available now

    Preseli Like You've Never Seen It Before
  • A Poetry Book Society Summer Recommendation
  • Exploring his Jewish family, youthful rebellion and his 'other' family, Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, Peter J. Conradi's multi-stranded memoir is a must-read this summer. Available now.  

    A Must-have Summer Read
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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Nula Suchet
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<p>When Nula&rsquo;s husband James, a documentary film-maker, becomes forgetful they put it down to the stress of his work. But his behaviour becomes more erratic and inexplicable, and he is diagnosed with Pick&rsquo;s Disease, an early onset and aggressive form of dementia. Suddenly their lives change from comfortable middle-class...
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Deryn Rees-Jones
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<p>Named after the Greek muse of lyric poetry,&nbsp;<em>Erato&nbsp;</em>combines documentary-style prose narratives with the passionate lyric poetry for which Rees-Jones is renowned. Here, however, as she experiments with form, particularly the sonnet, Rees-Jones asks questions about the value of the poet and poetry...
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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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Catherine Fisher
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<p><em>The Bramble King&nbsp;</em>is full of darkly resonant tales, ingenious parables, curiously haunted rooms and palaces, and beautifully observed images of the natural world. A prolific, popular and prize-winning author of fantasy fiction, Catherine began her career as a poet, and Seren published her early volumes:&...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p><strong>&#39;This collection is an entertaining adventure from first to last. Witty, astute and moving in equal measure, it is a blast of clear air from the North.&#39; - Fiona Owen</strong></p><p><strong>&#39;Pugh&#39;s&nbsp;lyrical, time-travelling narratives, full of wit and pathos, put...
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Emyr Humphreys
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<p>1963. Over the course of a single morning, J.T. Miles looks back over seventy years of his lifetime. It has been a period of huge change everywhere, but especially in Wales. His country has changed from a rural, religious, Welsh-speaking society where heaven is achieved through living a &lsquo;good life&rsquo;, to a place like so...
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Brenda Chamberlain
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<p><em>Tide-Race</em> is a remarkable account of life on Bardsey (known as Ynys Enlli to Welsh speakers), a remote and mysterious island off the coast of North Wales. Brenda Chamberlain lived on the island from 1947 to 1961, during the last days of its hardy community. The combination of Bardsey, ancient site of Christian...
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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 the Anglesey to the 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, cursing wells,...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p>Poems from Cardiff is part of Seren&rsquo;s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. It opens with a view from the Bay where &ldquo;The Severn wrestles the sea&rdquo;. We also find ourselves in &lsquo;Arcades&rsquo;, mingling with the colourful crowds outside &lsquo;St. David&rsquo;s Hall&rsquo;,...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p><em>Poems from The Borders</em> is part of Seren&rsquo;s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. Featured poems range from &ldquo;the spine of the A470&rdquo;, through Monmouthshire, over the dramatic Brecon Beacons, and also through the Black Mountains towards Hay-on-Wye, towns in Herefordshire and...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p><em>Poems from Pembrokeshire</em> is part of Seren&rsquo;s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. An area of supreme but also disquieting beauty, Pembrokeshire has been the home to saints and pirates, the cradle of Tudor Kings and subject to oil spills and annual invasions of summer visitors. The undeniable...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p><em>Poems from Snowdonia</em> is part of Seren&rsquo;s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. The dramatic mountain ranges of the Snowdonia National Park take centre stage here, with their craggy peaks and waterfalls, along with the abundant wildlife, particularly birds like the Red Kite, Greenfinch and Chough....
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Jane Lovell
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<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><b>Winner of the Mslexia&nbsp;and PBS Pamphlet Prize 2018</b></font></p><p><br />J​​ane Lovell&rsquo;s poems are both beautiful and disturbing. A deep feeling for the natural world is aligned with an acute lyric sensibility, as well as a...
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Eoghan Walls
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<p><strong>&#39;Eoghan Walls is both incredibly literal and metaphorical, often within the same lines, and serious and frivolous. This is a neatly packaged collection of formally structured poems that defy a neat or structured synopsis.&#39; - Liam Nolan</strong></p><p>Pigeon Songs is Derry-born Eoghan Walls...
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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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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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John Morris
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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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Katherine Stansfield
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<p>In 2018, Katherine Stansfield was the poet-in-residence at Cornerstone, the neo-Gothic church in the centre of Cardiff converted into an events space. This pamphlet of new poems is the result: the record of a dynamic year of varied events, and an exploration of this fascinating building&rsquo;s rich history.</p><p>...
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John Harris
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<p>Caradoc Evans (1878-1945) was a controversial author, most famous for his stories in <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/my-people"><em>My People</em></a>, copies of which were publicly burned in Cardiff. Stylistically inventive, the stories unflinchingly (and unflatteringly) criticised...
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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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Ed. Amy Wack
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Alessandra Kozlowska
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<p>Discovered by the author&rsquo;s grandson, and written originally in Italian, <em>Conflict, War and Revolution: My Life</em> is the memoir of Baroness Alessandra Koslowska (1892-1975) and is a vivid depiction of her life from childhood to the end of the Second World War.</p><p>This extraordinary memoir begins...
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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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