Review 25, July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of the New Welsh Review, our monthly online supplement of review and comment. Make sure to check this page frequently as free to view and subscriber only reviews and comment pieces are regularly added to this page. This month, pieces are for subscribers only.

In this issue:



• Eleanor Howe on Breakage by Nia Williams. Eleanor Howe judges this to be a well-constructed, gripping narrative of fractured relationships, art and society, dovetailing in an amalgamation made lovely by Williams’ elegant and poetic turn of phrase (subscribers only)

• Alex Diggins on Ground Work: Writings on People and Place by Tim Dee (ed). The ideal essay collection, Alex Diggins argues, would be an ecology of stories feeding off and contributing to a common humus of argument and design, but this book does not quite meet that ideal (subscribers only)

• Eleanor Howe on Ironopolis by Glen James Brown. The breakdown of a fictional community based on the Middlesbrough council estate is explored in this compelling and convincing novel haunted by an incident at the waterworks, a freak storm and the toilet-tweaking river-witch Peg Powler, writes Eleanor How (subscribers only)

• Liz Jones on Rocking the Boat: Welsh Women Who Championed Equality 1840–1990 by Angela V John. A narrow reading of national identity that disregards exiles has made the pioneering feminists in this rigorous, readable group-biography, doubly invisible within Welsh historiography, writes Liz Jones (subscribers only)

• Steven Feeney on The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield. Steven Feeney writes that this novel is everything a good sequel should be, daring to challenge its established formula without losing its identity (subscribers only)

• Gwen Davies on To Môn not Mölma: Feature review of Craith/Hidden Gwen Davies writes that Craith/Hidden adds feminism and social conditioning to the big themes tackled by Welsh rural noir as well as asserting that individuals are not dispensable

Opinion: Alex Diggins Generation Climate Change

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