i.m. Michael Wessells   The phone rings because Michael has died. I saw him yesterday and said goodbye as he passed behind me, tall, gathering his things, leaving the seminar room’s gritty windows. You say he went home or went swimming in one order or the other and then he died. All you know is […]
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Hello Friend We Missed You

Jacob Powell admires a bleak yet humorous debut novel, set in north Wales, about loneliness, guilt, personal trauma, privacy and communication

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Hello Friend We Missed You is Richard Owain Roberts’ debut novel, and continues the characteristic bleak yet humorous style found in his previous shor …

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Wild Spinning Girls

Desi Tsvetkova enjoys the descriptions of Wales’ landscapes in this novel about dead mothers and the search for identity, but is disappointed by flat characters and script, as well as predictable plot twists

PUBLISHED ON: 05/05/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Published by the Welsh press Honno, Wild Spinning Girls is the third notch on Carol Lovekin’s writing belt. Lovekin’s fiction focuses on strong female …

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Borscht Without Tears

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 01/10/19

CATEGORY: Blog

Phil and I were making the most of the late summer sun. There was a ripple of autumn through the salty evening air, but it was still warm enough for o …

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Hand and Skull

Mari Ellis Dunning

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Zoe Brigley’s third collection of poetry is a tender exploration of gender, cruelty, violence, myth, motherhood and physicality. Sometimes unsettling, …

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George Carr Reviews Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury)

George Carr

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Audio review

SCROLL DOWN FOR SCRIPT   George Carr reviews the novel Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi (published by Bloomsbury on 18 April). Researched, …

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Dignity: a Letter

Alys Conran

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Author process

Dignity is published on 4 April. Although many of the social and historical aspects of Dignity come from family experience and other primary and secon …

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Creed (Honno Welsh Women’s Classics Series)

Ed Garland concludes that this is a brilliant novel, brimful of clamour, unease, nature and murky, feverish characters

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

While she was writing Creed, Margiad Evans’ father was dying in the room directly above her. She was twenty-seven years old and this was the fourth no …

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The Golden Orphans

No one in this spy-themed page turner is quite what he or she seems, as a myriad of plot twists and characters lead a failing artist into the mystery of the ‘golden orphans’: John Barnie investigates

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

The narrator of The Golden Orphans (he is never identified by name) is an artist who has outlived his promise – he hasn’t sold a painting in four year …

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No Good Brother

Suzy Ceulan Hughes

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

The opening paragraph of Tyler Keevil’s third novel draws the reader in immediately: The end of the story is pretty well known, since people wound up …

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