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Border Country, Fiction, Parthian Books, raymond williams, Wales -

"I learned what it was to love and leave a place after reading Raymond Williams." Originally published in 1960, Raymond Williams's novel about rural working-class life resonates with readers as much today as it did sixty years ago. For the author Lynsey Hanley, it exerts the same power whenever she re-reads it. "Williams’ novel is a world in one book: specifically, an intimate history of 20th-century working-class rural lives. It deals with migration, borders – both geographic and psychological – and the effects of industrial change on communal life. On first reading Border Country, I felt immediately bound up and...

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Debut novel, Fiction, Helen Pendry, Parthian Books, Reviews, The Levels -

"Helen Pendry’s astonishingly assured first novel, The Levels, ends with a plan to retrieve not so much national identity – though that plays a significant part in her narrative - as political parity with those whose shady military affairs ride roughshod over local concerns." In a resoundingly positive review, The Yorkshire Times offers an indepth and sensitive reflection on Helen Pendry's many-layered and grittily authentic debut literary thriller The Levels. You can read the full review here.   And you can order your copy of The Levels here.

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Aspiring writers, Fiction, Interviews, New Writers, Sam Adams, The Road to Zarauz, Writing Advice -

We asked Sam Adams, author of the much anticipated Road to Zarauz what advice he would give to any young or aspiring writers. Here's what he had to say.

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

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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Books, Fiction, Hello Friend We Missed You, Parthian Books, Reviews -

June has got off to a great start for Richard Owain Roberts and his debut novel Hello Friend We Missed You. The first review, from Wales Arts Review, has come in and it's a corker! Here are a couple of choice quotes to whet your appetite... "Exploring tender issues such as resentment, loss, and loneliness with a cryptic and sometimes bizarre sense of humour, Roberts carefully reminds us that grief is intrinsically personal, and always comes in more than one shade." "As Niall Griffiths remarks, this novel is 'a simple boy-meets-girl' narrative 'transmuted into something uniquely astonishing'. Indeed, while the...

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