'Seven Days: A Pyrenean Adventure by Nathan Munday is an exhilarating read, beautifully written by an author of genuine originality. Munday’s debut announces him as a exciting and genre bridging author.' – Cynan Llwyd admires Nathan Munday's debut on Wales Arts Review
Nathan Munday’s Seven Days is a story of adventure and spirituality as father and son travel the 'Rue du Bonjour' across the pilgrim route of the high Pyrenees. It is a journey with a writer grappling with some of the questions of modern life, his love for the mountains, his beliefs and aspirations and examples set both by his father and the enigmatic fellow traveller they meet in a remote auberge who comes to symbolise and shadow their sojourn, a man he nicknames Hemingway, although he is neither a writer nor an American. Read an extract on Wales Arts Review.
Join us in Cardiff for Book Launch: Nathan Munday – Seven Days on 14 November, The City Parish of St John the Baptist, 7pm.
Free entry and tea or mulled wine.
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The following guest post is provided by Claire Houguez, former Parthian staff, who attended the Books Without Borders Bookclub event in London. I take the lift up to the fifteenth floor of Saint Georges Hotel. It’s apt that we’re meeting here because, as is gleefully noted by organiser Philip, a hotel of the same name is referenced in The Women Who Blow on Knots, the book we’re here to discuss. Philip is already seated at the reserved table when I arrive and he greets me with fresh coffee. We marvel at the scenic cityscape through the large windows. Philip started...
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