REVIEW by Francesca Rhydderch

NWR Issue 102

The House on the Cliff

by Charlotte Williams

Charlotte Williams (who also writes under the name Charlotte Greig) is an increasingly and impressively versatile writer. A former music journalist, she is also a prolific singer-songwriter and composer of musical theatre pieces (including I Sing of a Maiden with Rachel Trezise, 2008). Her first novel, A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy, published in 2007 and reviewed in the New Statesman as a ‘solid, enjoyable debut’, was quickly followed by three well-constructed afternoon dramas for BBC Radio. The most recent of these, a docudrama about the Profumo scandal entitled Well, He Would, Wouldn’t He, was broadcast on Radio 4 earlier this year.

With this her latest book, Williams has embarked on what promises to be a series of crime novels about Jessica Mayhew, a psychotherapist who unwillingly takes on the role of amateur detective after a young actor, Gwydion Morgan, turns up at her office requesting help with a button phobia before he starts filming a costume drama. The story is told with an ironically raised eyebrow from the outset...

Francesca Rhydderch’s first novel, The Rice Paper Diaries, was published by Seren earlier this year. Her Welsh-language play about Kate Roberts, Cyfaill, premiered at the National Eisteddfod this summer and toured Wales this autumn with Theatr Bara Caws. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction with the support of a Literature Wales bursary.

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