Insomnia

Lee Tisdale admires a novella, published complete with its own censorship history, satirising Soviet rule in Latvia

PUBLISHED ON: 30/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Alberts Bels’ accessible and compelling novella Insomnia depicts Soviet-era Latvia through the eyes of Mr Eduards Dārziņš. This man allows a fleeing w …

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The Word

JL George

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

‘This one,’ hisses Jonno, and I follow him through the gap in the hedge. Twigs tear at my clothing and it isn’t quite wide enough, so I have to drop m …

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The Significance of Swans

Rhiannon Lewis

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

I felt a new energy. My sore feet and back didn’t seem to matter now. I felt the happiest that I had felt, possibly ever. As I marched, I thought of a …

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Adrift

Rosey Brown

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

Empty Houses The next week it is stormy; the week after, it snows, but the week after that, Clover is ready to show me the abandoned houses where we c …

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Me, I’m Like Legend, I Am

Dewi Heald

PUBLISHED ON: 22/10/19

CATEGORY: Fiction

‘Stop! Where do you go?’ shouted Tom at the sound. A woman came into view, pacing up the hillside with a large backpack strapped behind her. She wore …

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Mastering Marguerite

Suzy Ceulan Hughes on translating the Moroccan-French novella, La Blanche, for Parthian.

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Opinion

In February 2018, Parthian Books was granted an award by the Institut français to fund and promote my translation of La Blanche, the debut novella of …

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Three Tales by Cynan Jones: Book Launch and Review

Eleanor Howe

PUBLISHED ON: 18/04/18

CATEGORY: Blog

I had no idea what to expect from Cynan Jones’ Three Tales, his new book for young readers. Since devouring Jones’ Cove in a single nail-biting sittin …

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The Night Where You No Longer Live

Nicola Daly

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Fiction

1. We had to take matters into our hands; when I say we, I mean my brother and I. Suddenly within those moments the universe opened up and our world – …

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Three Japanese Novellas

Novellas provide enough space for vivid, tactile world-building but avoid wearing themes and ideas too thin, writes Dan Bradley. These Japanese titles, haunted by change, provide vivid worlds to tempt hitherto timid booksellers, critics and readers to explore Japanese culture, translation and the novella itself

PUBLISHED ON: 09/08/17

CATEGORY: Essays, Reviews

Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki (trans Polly Barton), Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa (trans David Boyd) & Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kaw …

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Precision and Clarity

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Editorial

Last month at Hay, Cath Barton was awarded this year’s New Welsh Writing Awards Americymru Prize for the Novella with ‘The Plankton Collector’. In her …

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