REVIEW by Angharad Penrhyn Jones

NWR Issue 107

The Redemption of Galen Pike and Other Stories

by Carys Davies

Carys Davies is a major prizewinner in the competitive world of short story writing, having won or been shortlisted for most of the major awards in the UK. It’s easy to see why. Her originality of voice and imagination, combined with technical brilliance, make her stand out. Davies’ first collection, Some New Ambush, was a startling and confident debut. The Redemption of Galen Pike is more impressive still, the stories sparser yet also more satisfying.

As in her previous volume, this slim publication contains a multitude of worlds. The Wales-born, Lancaster-based author takes us to different parts of the globe: rural Australia, modern-day Siberia, the valleys of south Wales. Many of the stories are historical, and many have a mythical, fairy-tale quality. Wherever we find ourselves, we are in the company of a narrator whose story intrigues us from the very beginning and whose revelations take us by surprise. These are tales of the unexpected...

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