Fiction set in Wales


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Fiction set in Wales

By Carol Lovekin, Helen Lewis, Manon SteffanRos

Three very different novels, but ones that all capture the essence of Wales.

Collections, Fiction, Novels



GHOSTBIRD, by Carol Lovekin

Someone needs to be forgiven.Someone needs to forgive

Nothing hurts like not knowing who you are. Nobody will tell Cadi anything about her father and her sister. Her mother Violet believes she can only cope with the past by never talking about it. Lili, Cadi's aunt, is stuck in the middle, bound by a promise she shouldn't have made. But this summer, Cadi is determined to find out the truth.

In a world of hauntings and magic, in a village where it rains throughout August, as Cadi starts on her search the secrets and the ghosts begin to wake up. None of the Hopkins women will be able to escape them.

"Charming, quirky, magical" Joanne Harris





The ghosts of a century’s worth of secrets and betrayals are coming home to Pengarrow…

Evie has lost her eldest son, Jesse, to gang violence. Leaving the house he grew up in is pulling apart the few strings left holding her heart together. Only the desire to be there for her younger boy, Finn, impels Evie to West Wales and the ancient house her husband is sure will heal their wounds.

Days later, Andrew is gone – rushing back to his ‘important’ job in government, abandoning his grieving wife and son. Finn finds solace in the horse his father buys by way of apology. As does his evasive and fearful new friend, Nye, the one who reminds him and Evie of Jesse… Evie loses herself in a dusty 19th century journal and glasses of home-made wine left by the mysterious housekeeper.

As Evie’s grasp on reality slides, Andrew’s parents ride to the rescue. It is clear that this is a house they know. They seem to think they own it, and begin making changes nobody wants, least of all Alys and her son, Nye, the terrified youth who looks so like Jesse.


THE SEASONING, by Manon Steffan Ros

On my eightieth birthday, Jonathan gave me a notebook. Hard-backed with brown and pale yellow marbling on the cover, like chocolate in cream.  ‘I want you to write something for me,’ said Jonathan, his dark eyes locking onto mine. ‘I want you to write your story, Mam.’

Peggy’s story is the story of her Snowdonia village – of a community that that shares its joys and its woes across floured kitchen tables and scrubbed shop counters.

Throughout Peggy’s life food looms large – the lack of it, the sharing of it, the eating of it – from gingerbread to cawl, ice-cream to bara-brith. Her recipes are well-used and much appreciated, but no one is quite sure where her inspiration comes from, why she is
the way she is.

Not until everyone’s tale is told does Peggy’s story unfold… as thick, dark and sticky as treacle.

Originally published in the Welsh language as Blasu, and winner of the fiction category of Wales Book of the Year.

"A novel to tease your senses and surprise your soul, this is a beautifully bittersweet read... Manon Steffan Ros writes with an exquisitely sharp blade. The Seasoning is a charming, heartbreaking and captivating novel which deserves high praise indeed." Liz Robinson, Lovereading



Language: English
Categories: Collections, Fiction, Novels
First Published by Honno: 1st January 2019

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