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Tristan Hughes


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"Tristan Hughes's Shattercone, a collection of nine fascinatingly interwoven short stories, set in Canada, the Great Lakes and in Wales, is a book of such distances – spatial and geographical, but also temporal, emotional, relational and existential."  Wales Arts Review


Praise for Hummingbird:

Winner of the Edward Stanford Travel
Writing Awards 2018

‘an absorbing and composed tale, providing the perfect
– Buzz Magazine

‘lean, lyrical...beautifully nuanced and utterly touching’
– Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

‘taut, powerfully understated...rich with raw emotion.’
– Kieron Smith, New Welsh Review

‘a triumph of compression...just perfect...this novel has scarcely
any faults’
– Nigel Jarrett, Wales Arts Review

From the remote forests of northern Ontario to a Neolithic burial
chamber on the coast of north Wales, from a frozen lake in the
Canadian wilderness to a mysterious Welsh heath, Shattercone
takes the reader on a strange, compelling and sometimes
heart-breaking journey through the blurry junctures that bind
together landscapes and lovers. Including buried elephant bones, explorers gone astray, hidden histories, secret islands, loves found and lost, these subtly linked stories explore the curious and delicate threads that weave together places and people.


Tristan Hughes was born in Atikokan in northern Ontario and brought up on the Welsh island of Ynys Mon. He is the author of four novels, Send My Cold Bones Home, Revenant, Eye Lake and Hummingbird – which won the Edward Stanford Award for Fiction with a Sense of Place and the Wales Book of Year People’s Choice Award – as well as a collection of linked short stories, The Tower. His short fiction has appeared in various journals, including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and New Welsh Review. He is a winner of the Rhys Davies short story prize and an O. Henry Award.