NWR Issue r1

Review 1

Since this is the age of a crime fiction renaissance led by film and TV, it’s fitting that three reviews here are crime-related. RT Stroud’s film-referencing Dead City Rollers is about a dystopian version of our second city: ‘Real-life Swansea has all the basic themes of the novel lined up and ready to use – drugs, organized crime, intense class snobbery and desperation.’ According to reviewer Ffion Lindsay, the novel shares the macabre humour and desire to puncture social pretention as Malcolm Pryce’s Louis Knight series. Another ‘low-grade detective agency’ is featured in travel writer Tom Anderson’s debut novel which gives the suburban Vale the dystopian treatment. The Actaeon Tide busts genres across whodunit, horror and supernatural thriller, and into the bargain subverts Greek mythology. Owen Sheers’ much-publicised novel, I Saw a Man, meanwhile, at the outset ‘signals strongly’ its genre as thriller, writes Claire Pickard, but plays a ‘high-risk strategy’ of employing a thematic cohesion around ‘accountability’. Ultimately less a mystery than a novel of ideas, Pickard argues that its central preoccupation is with turning experience into words and the potential for evasion and deceit which that process creates.

Twelve reviews as well as two columns appear in the first of our online supplements, Review 1, part of a new package alternating subscriber-exclusive and free-to-view content. This edition’s columnists are Richard Gwyn, who writes about magic realism, his festival Fiction Fiesta and why make-believe is part of Latin America’s psyche; and Kaite O’Reilly who introduces those writers, including herself, who have branched into other disciplines, especially drama.


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