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Dai Smith, Fiction, Parthian Books, Reviews, The Crossing -

"The Crossing is an engrossing read filled with interesting people" writes Sarah Tanburn in her glowing review of Dai Smith's latest novel. Filled with "muscular prose", it asks fundamental questions about both the past and the future of a Cymru built on coal and the strong backs of miners. "The Crossing demands we ask ourselves those urgent questions about the future even as we wonder who sired whom and who will come off worst in the next violent encounter. The reader needs to put in the time to follow these threads but the resulting tapestry rewards in its rich detail...

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Gareth Kent offers a perceptive and engaged review of Dai Smith's closing novel in his trilogy of south Wales, The Crossing. Just published in Wales Arts Review. 'While The Crossing can often feel challenging, it is a novel that is equally rewarding. Some readers may struggle to connect all of the novel’s historical threads together due to the shifting narratives and bewildering historical ties. The Crossing, however, reminds us that this is precisely the point: "untangling the threads of lives was, at best, a fraught, uncertain process", and recorded history is, of course, never quite what it seems. The Crossing successfully shifts through the misty...

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