Review 33

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In this issue:



• Chris Moss on Brando’s Bride : The incredibly true story of Anna Kashfi and her marriage to one of Hollywood's greatest stars by Sarah Broughton. Chris Moss finds that this biography – a cool dissection of an era in muscular and assertive prose – has sociological value in its exploration of how Kashfi’s marriage and questions about her roots obscured her identity as a female actress in an ind

• Ed Garland on From Seven to the Sea by Jayne Joso. Ed Garland finds this coming-of-age story, about the positive effects of the ocean, distinctive, graceful, richly imagined and reminiscent of Brenda Chamberlain’s Tide-race

• John Barnie on John Jenkins: The Reluctant Revolutionary? by Wyn Thomas. John Barnie admires a book that offers unique insight into a ‘terrorist’ who acted from a profound sense that militant action was the only way to make the English establishment pay serious attention to the predicament of Wales

• Chris Moss on Riverflow by Alison Layland. Although it can be a tad right-on, Chris Moss recommends to TV producers this timely, procedure-free eco-thriller, especially its authentic depiction of landscape, weather and the believably irritating characters of village life

• John Morgan on Seahenge: A Journey by Kevin Crossley-Holland (text) and Andrew Rafferty (photos). John Morgan admires poetry and photography offering an ecological snapshot that uncovers an historical and archaeological timeline in its focus on a Norfolk Bronze Age timber circle threatened by rising tides

• K Iolo Jones on The Edge of Necessary: An Anthology of Welsh Innovative Poetry 1966–2018 by John Goodby & Lyndon Davies (eds) . While acknowledging that it contains a fine collection of poetry inhabiting a range of forms, themes, and possibilities, K Iolo Jones has serious reservation about this ‘scrappy’ anthology which has an air of paranoia, and sets ‘political radicalism

• Ed Garland on The Homeless Heart-throb by Crystal Jeans. In comparison with Bukowski and Irvine Welsh, Ed Garland writes that Crystal Jeans has more heart than them, and that her style has greater sophistication, more efficiency, more tenderness and more sting

• Claire Pickard on The Levels by Helen Pendry. Reading this novel with elements of a thriller, Claire Pickard is most fascinated by its themes of personal geography, identity in place and the hunt for a better way of living

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