Tony Conran (1931-2013)
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<p><em>Welsh Verse</em>, Tony Conran&rsquo;s milestone of translation, makes a welcome return. Formerly the <em>Penguin Book of Welsh Verse</em>, Seren has expanded the selection of what is the standard text of high quality translations of Welsh poetry stretching from the sixth century to the late twentieth...
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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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Dr John Pikoulis
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<p>Alun Lewis (1915-1944) was the most prominent writer of World War Two, in poetry and short fiction. <em>Raiders&rsquo; Dawn</em> (1942), answered the critics&rsquo; questions about the absence of war poets in that conflict, and his story collection <em>The Last Inspection</em> (1943) was a best selling...
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Cary Archard
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<p>Alun Lewis (1915-1944), the remarkable poet and story writer, died, aged 28, in Burma during the Second World War. Some critics see him as the last of the great Romantic poets, a twentieth century Keats. Others view him as the bridge between pre-war poets like Auden and Yeats to post-war poets such as Hughes and Gunn. He was born and...
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Edging the Estuary, Peter Finch
Peter Finch
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<p>In the Middle Ages the port of Cardiff stretched from Chepstow to Gower. Peter Finch, archetypal Cardiffian, sets out to explore his heritage, walking the Welsh side of the Severn Estuary and reclaiming his personal memories in addition to discovering the lives of others. And with a detour to Maismore, the highest tidal point of the...
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Phil Cope
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<p>The border country between Wales and England is a fertile place in many senses. Settled for millennia, one of the few links we have with early man here are their surviving pagan, pre-Christian wells. Sacred wells have played an important part in the culture and landscape of the region, and continue to do so. Following his books on wells...
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The Beatles; Anthology
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<p>&quot;You can guarantee higher-profile Beatles nostalgia this year, but little will be as thoughtful.&quot; <strong><em>&ndash; The Independent</em></strong><br /><br />&quot;This collection of poetry is a poignant reflection of British life following the explosion of &ldquo;...
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The Chapels of Wales
Huw Owen
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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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Bird, Blood, Snow, Cynan Jones
Cynan Jones
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<p><a href="http://americymru.net/profiles/blogs/peredur-immune-to-mildness-an-inter... target="_blank">Peredur - &#39;Immune to mildness&#39; An Interview With Cynan Jones</a></p><p><em>&quot;...a remarkably interesting interpretation of this legendary hero&#39;s doing indeed&...
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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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The Van Pool
Charles Mundye
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<p>Keidrych Rhys was one of the most influential writers in Wales in the 40s and 50s, the result of his own practice as a poet, his editorship of Wales magazine, his taste for controversial polemic and his compiling of influential poetry anthologies for Faber. Dylan Thomas, Glyn Jones, Vernon Watkins, Emyr Humphreys, Alun Lewis, RS Thomas...
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The Gospel of Us, Owen Shees
Owen Sheers
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<p><em>&quot;Owen is one of the finest writers at work today. He always finds the sublime in the everyday and the miracle in the mundane.&quot;</em><strong> - Michael Sheen</strong></p><p>While the town awaits the arrival of the Company Man, a stranger appears in the windswept dunes, singing songs...
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Regeneration, Merion Jordan
Meirion Jordan
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<p>&quot;It&#39;s an invigorating and captivating approach. I couldn&#39;t put it down&quot; <strong><em>&ndash; Poetry Review</em></strong><br /><br />&quot;...Jordan is a masterful and sensitive poet whose poems are rent with staggering insight, depth, rhythm and subtlety... As a...
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The Keys of Babylon cover
Robert Minhinnick
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<p><em>The Keys of Babylon</em> was shortlisted for the <strong>Wales Book of the Year Award 2012 </strong>and long-listed for the<strong> Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2012</strong></p><p>A story from this collection &#39;El Aziz: some pages from his notebooks&#39; was shortlisted for...
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Fflur Dafydd, The White Trail
Fflur Dafydd
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<p><em>&quot;Dafydd seamlessly amalgamates the extraordinary into the everyday in her reworking of &#39;Culhwch and Olwen&#39;&quot; </em><strong>The Guardian 2011</strong></p><p>Life is tough for Cilydd, after his wife Goleuddydd, who is nine months pregnant, seems to vanish into thin air...
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The Prince's Pen, Horatio Clare
Horatio Clare
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<p><em>&quot;...an epic tale of conflict, faith and banishment...this reworked tale provides a graphic depict</em><em>ion of the cruelty of war and torture&quot; </em><strong>The Guardian 2011</strong></p><p>The Invaders&#39; drones hear everything and see all. England is now a...
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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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The Captain's Tower
Damian Furniss
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<p><strong>Foreword by Ronnie Wood</strong></p><p>Bob Dylan turned 75 on May 24 2016. <em>The Captain&rsquo;s Tower</em> is a birthday present anthology of poems concerned with Dylan&rsquo;s life, his work, and his cultural impact. One of the most distinguished lyricists of the post-war period,...
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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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dannie abse: a sourcebook
Cary Archard
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<p>Dannie Abse, whose career as a poet spans sixty years, has made a huge contribution to the literature and literary life of Wales and to writing in English. This Sourcebook is an essential companion to the poetry, prose, drama and critical writings of a major poet. Cary Archard has edited and written about Abse&rsquo;s work for over...
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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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