Queen of the Rushes
One of the most popular authors of the turn of the century
Queen of the Rushes, first published in 1906, and then by Honno in 1998, had been out of print for over fifty years, but now Allen Raine’s powerful and accomplished novel can be enjoyed again.
Set in a seaside village in West Wales at the time of the 1904 Revival, the novel relates the enthralling tale of the lives and complex loves of Gildas, Nancy, Gwenifer and Captain Jack. Eminently readable, and with touches of humour; this is nevertheless a serious attempt - one of the first in English - to map out a distinctively Welsh literary landscape.
Katie Gramich's fascinating introduction situates Allen Raine’s last novel against its literary background and points to its significance in the Anglo-Welsh tradition and in Welsh women’s writing. It was the eighth of Allen Raine's novels, and is considered by many to be her best.
17 October 2019