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Parthian Books

Zero Hours on the Boulevard: Tales of Independence & Belonging

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Features stories from award-winning international writers: Alys Conran, Clare Azzopardi, Albert Forns, Llyr Gwyn Lewis

'What all these tales have in common is a belief in the individual's story, and in the power of smaller countries to give new perspectives on the world we think we know.'  Patrick McGuinness

‘A book about friendship, community, identity and tribalism… it glitters with hard-won insights into what it means to be alive here, and now… razor-edged in [its] timeliness.’ — Alex Diggins, New Welsh Review

Kelinu waits for a birthday card from the Queen of England. He has a few years to go but he’ll wait. His niece thinks he’s a fool. He was in the service of the Queen only a year, all those years ago. Times have changed.

In these stories people strive to make a place, a living, a life with meaning in a new country or sense in an old one: from zero hour contracts in Bridgend and Munich to scraping a living as a mermaid on the streets of Barcelona. A woman tends a beautiful garden she knows will be taken away from her while another sends her child to a school concert dressed as a dinosaur. A man attends yet one more demonstration while another explains to his daughter where he is really from.

In this diverse and fascinating anthology, writers from across Europe embark on a journey of independence and belonging.