"Queen-of the Rushes is an important novel…It shows its author at the" height of her powers as a novelist and demonstrates her skills as a story-teller, as a delineator of character, and as a social historian, bringing to life an entire community."
Sally Roberts Jones (author of Allen Raine, in the Writers of Wales series)
Allen Raine (Anne Adaliza Puddicombe) was one of the most popular authors of the turn of the century, with her books selling over a million copies in Britain alone. Queen of the Rushes, first published in 1906, has 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.
Queen of the Rushes is the first in the Welsh Women's Classics series, which brings books by women writers from Wales, long since out of print, to a new generation of readers.
"...part tragic love story, part social commentary. Haunting and beautiful..."
Cath, Goodreads reader
"...quite a page-turner, with suspected murder, arson, insanity and drownings all featuring in the story..."
Deb, Goodreads reader