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NWR Issue 98

NWR Editor's pick of early spring 2013 titles from Wales

Intermission by Owen Martell

Out Now: Intermission by Owen Martell Novel on the Bill Evans Trio and 60s NY jazz era] First English novel by Welsh-medium prizewinning author based in Paris.

A Great Big Shining Star by Niall Griffiths

Out Yesterday: A Great Big Shining Star by Niall Griffiths Novel on celebrity, silicone and surgery. Expect landscape, great dialogue and dysfunction by Aberystwyth's favourite Liverpool export.

The House on the Cliff by Charlotte Williams

Out end of this Month: The House on the Cliff by Charlotte Williams Formerly published under her maiden name of Charlotte Greig, musician Charlotte is training to be a psychotherapist and this novel, introducing series shrink Jessica Mayhew, promises mystery, plenty of couch secrets and at least one unprofessional relationship.

Out 21 March: RS Thomas, Poems to Elsi ed Damian Walford Davies This creatively arranged selection of 52 poems by the poet to his wife, the artist ME Eldridge, offers ‘love poetry' of a particularly challenging kind, private and unashamedly public enunciations that capture not only the bond between husband and wife but also the unbridgeable distance between them.

RS Thomas Uncollected Poems ed Tony Brown & Jason Walford Davies

Out end of March: RS Thomas, Uncollected Poems, ed Tony Brown & Jason Walford Davies Bloodaxe poetry title celebrating RS Thomas' birth in March 1913. The fruit of years of academic research, this volume makes available work spanning Thomas's career, from an early sonnet to his first wife, M.E. Eldridge (included in his first, unpublished, collection Spindrift in the late 1930s) to an early Iago Prytherch poem published in the Dublin Magazine.

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Out April: All the Souls by Mary-ann Constantine Second and long-awaited short fiction collection by one of Wales' top living writers of the genre whose voice is steeped in folklore, history, legend and language. Including a novella, this fiction set in Wales and Brittany is marked by a dry humour, and captures superstition and legend, giving life to the dead and the ghosts we must learn to live with. An exclusive preview story from the collection, 'Lake Story', is published alongside a review in NWR 99, available from 1 March in ebook format or print.


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