Review 29, February 2019

Welcome to the February 2019 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 we're publishing one opinion piece and eleven reviews, all of which are free to view.

In this issue:



• Alex Diggins on A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Jason W Moore and Raj Patel. Alex Diggins grapples with an illuminating – but often dense – new history of capitalism, climate change and colonialism

• Chris Moss on A Simple Scale by David Llewellyn. Chris Moss is enticed by this fast-thickening, genre-busting time-spanning global intrigue, spanning Soviet Russia and McCarthyite Hollywood, which has rich texture, psychological nuance and the slow build of literature

• Liz Jones on Caradoc Evans: the Devil in Eden by John Harris. Liz Jones assesses this blockbuster, by his editor and bibliographer over three decades, of the controversial, reviled trailblazer

• John Barnie on Dear Mona: Letters from a Conscientious Objector by Jonah Jones (author) Peter Jones (ed). Assessing these missives John Barnie is fascinated by what they reveal about the artist's life, including a conscientious objector’s forestry work, the Battle of the Bulge, Bergen-Belsen, post-war Palestine and fending off unwanted professions of love f

• Maria Apichella on Departure Lounge by John Barnie. For Maria Apichella, this latest collection has the tone of Ecclesiastes in its combination of the realistic acknowledgment of death with a quietly frantic desire for life

• Chris Moss on Fade to Grey by John Lincoln. While publisher No Exit may be hoping here for a long-running crime series, The Bridge-style, Chris Moss can’t help feeling that this literary-turned-genre author’s heart is not in this novel

• C M Buckland on In Her Shambles by Elizabeth Parker. C M Buckland finds great joy and the opposite of shambles in the recurring themes and carefully placed juxtapositions of this poetry collection

• Chris Moss on Just Help Yourself: Tom Jones, The Squires and the Road to Stardom by Vernon Hopkins. Chris Moss roots for the author, who literally dragged Tom Jones out of a pub to sing in his band, and finds this also-ran far more interesting than his one-time buddy who achieved mega-success but ended up rich but remote

• Nathan Llywelyn Munday on Shards of Light by Emyr Humphreys. Nathan Llywelyn Munday hails a prophetic figure in his tenth decade, who, ‘in winter’, observes starlight and sighs like the Magi when ‘the glitter of inexplicable messages’ threatens a gloomy sky

• C M Buckland on The Glass Aisle by Paul Henry. Paul Henry movingly brings to mind the impoverished poor of a bygone age in the title poem and centrepiece of this collection, writes CM Buckland

• Maria Apichella on Words the Turtle Taught Me With only a marginal interest in marine life and an active dislike of sharks, Maria Apichella was not expecting to be so drawn into this poetry collection, and yet she is mightily impressed by its author, who is adept at mixing wit with sorrow and is a th

Opinion: Jane MacNamee Wild Greens

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