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SWEET DAYS OF DISCIPLINE | BOOK REVIEW

SWEET DAYS OF DISCIPLINE | BOOK REVIEW

Fleur Jaeggy, Trans: Tim Parks (And Other Stories) Sometimes less really is more, and Fleur Jaeggy’s novel, Sweet Days of Discipline exemplifies this. Though it’s a considerably short piece by usual standards (weighing in at just 101 pages), the story is narrated extremely well within this space. The precision with which Jaeggy writes allows the story to be this […]

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THE CHALK MAN | BOOK REVIEW

THE CHALK MAN | BOOK REVIEW

C.J. Tudor (Michael Joseph Books) On the surface, the small market town of Alderbury, near Bournemouth, seems like a peaceful place to grow up. At least so it appears to Eddie Adams, known as Munster,and his adolescent gang, Metal Mickey, Fat Gav, Hoppo, and the lone female Nicky, where he lives with his semi-hippy parents, […]

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SEREN POETRY FESTIVAL | PREVIEW

SEREN POETRY FESTIVAL | PREVIEW

With the Cardiff Book Festival looking forward to its third year, it was high time the capital also had its own poetry festival – and now, thanks to Seren, it does. The Bridgend-based publisher started life as a poetry press, quickly establishing an impressive reputation whilst continuing to punch above its weight in terms of […]

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JOHN SELWAY | INTERVIEW WITH BIOGRAPHER JON GOWER

JOHN SELWAY | INTERVIEW WITH BIOGRAPHER JON GOWER

Ahead of Jon Gower’s latest book release, Katy Westaway sat down with the author to discuss his celebration of visionary artist John Selway. Jon explores his extraordinarily ordinary life in a new biography entitled Vigilant Imagination: Encounters with John Selway, written before John’s passing in 2017. Despite his artistic skill the artist chose to stay […]

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THE BYRNE IDENTITY | BOOK REVIEW

THE BYRNE IDENTITY | BOOK REVIEW

Lee Byrne (Y Llolfa) If your preconceptions of sporting autobiographies involves repetitive stories of getting drunk with the lads and various other tiresome escapades then sadly The Byrne Identity, the autobiography of former Wales fullback Lee Byrne, will not change your mind. With 46 caps for Wales, and a rugby career ranging from Bridgend Athletic […]

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INSANE | BOOK REVIEW

INSANE | BOOK REVIEW

Rainald Goetz, trans: Adrian Nathan West (Fitzcarraldo) Never has a book title been so apt. Insane is an enjoyable and extremely disturbing examination of everyday life in an asylum. Originally published in 1983, Goetz’s debut novel is only now getting its first translation into English. We follow Dr Raspe, a wide-eyed young psychiatrist with aspirations of […]

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THE LIME TREE | BOOK REVIEW

THE LIME TREE | BOOK REVIEW

César Aira, trans: Chris Andrews (And Other Stories) Although the narrator is not explicitly declared to be César Aira, The Lime Tree certainly seems to be a fictionalised autobiography of the Argentinian author. Set in Aira’s hometown of Coronel Pringles, the book narrates many childhood incidents. The nature of memory, how thoughts link and how they make […]

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THE CARDIFF CHRISTMAS CLUB | BOOK REVIEW

THE CARDIFF CHRISTMAS CLUB | BOOK REVIEW

Nick Frampton (Self-published) I am certainly not the target audience for this feel-good romance, where protagonist Katy returns from a year abroad and, whilst trying to put her life back together, is forced to choose between her ex David and Rhodri – both of whom are depicted as six-foot-plus muscly dreamboats with oceans of sensitivity. […]

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CARDIFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL LAUNCH 2018 | FEATURE

CARDIFF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL LAUNCH 2018 | FEATURE

Fuel your budding bookworm’s imagination this Christmas. Cardiff’s sixth Children’s Literature Festival is off to a racing start this December with British Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy set to kick-start the event with the introduction of his new children’s book, Flying Fergus 7: The Wreck It Race. Along with his co-author Joanna Nadin and Illustrator […]

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THE CHICKEN SOUP MURDER | BOOK REVIEW

THE CHICKEN SOUP MURDER | BOOK REVIEW

Maria Donovan (Seren Books) When a book opens with, “The day before the murder, George Bull tried to poison me with a cheese sandwich”, you know you’re onto a winner. Maria Donovan’s novel is definitely one you won’t want to put down. Told from the perspective of Michael, an adolescent, the story charts the disruption […]

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