The Culture Show recently declared twelve novelists as the ‘Best Newcomers of 2011’. It was particularly gratifying to see a Welsh woman writer, Deborah Kay Davies, among those shortlisted. But the two novels under review here give a flavour of the diversity of the Culture Show’s list. They could hardly be more different. One is […]
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The Woman Who Thought Too Much

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

This memoir deserves much more space, which it will get in a future feature in the magazine on a group of new books about the mind. One of my bugbears …

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Help me, Jacques Cousteau and True Things about Me

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 21/03/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

Voice-driven narrative is what I thought I liked. It’s what Alcemi, my fiction imprint, was seeking among the writers of Wales. Forget theme, forget p …

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The Fluorescent Jacket

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 10/03/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

There are several moments in Homesick , Fernando’s composite novel in which this story was orginally published, where tables turn. This is what happen …

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Small is Beautiful

Kathryn Gray

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/10

CATEGORY: Reviews

I thought I’d highlight a recently published book from Cinnamon that looks hugely promising: Exposure. It’s an anthology of more than 1000 writers fro …

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Synecdoche, Adamsdown

Simon Harris reviews Synecdoche, New York, and muses on delusion and grandiose responses to the mid-life crisis

PUBLISHED ON: 12/01/10

CATEGORY: Reviews

As everyone with a good dictionary knows, a ‘synecdoche’ is a literary term where the part stands for the whole and vice versa. It is also a play on w …

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