Eight great Gwent novels

GREAT GWENT AUTHOR: Alexander Cordell

GREAT GWENT AUTHOR: Alexander Cordell

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ON WORLD Book Day, we thought we'd remind you of the wealth of writing talent here with eight great Gwent novels.

1. The Great God Pan - Arthur Machen

South Wales Argus: Caerleon author Arthur Machen

With fans as diverse as horror writer Stephen King and Oscar-nominated film director Guillermo Del Toro, Caerleon's Arthur Machen found fame from the 1890s with his supernatural works like The Great God Pan.

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2. Last Letters from Hav - Jan Morris

South Wales Argus: Jan Morris

One of the UK's greatest travel writers, Jan Morris hails from Llanthony in Monmouthshire. Her novel Last Letters from Hav was shortlisted for the 1985 Booker Prize.

As a reporter for The Times, she accompanied the Mount Everest expedition in 1953 and reported Hillary and Tensing's success in scaling the summit.

3. Rape of the Fair Country - Alexander Cordell

South Wales Argus: CELEBRATION: Alexander Cordell

Rape of the Fair Country was published in 1959 and portrays early industrial Wales incorporating events like the birth of trade unionism and rise of the Chartist movement and the Newport Rising.

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4. The Kissing Booth - Beth Reeks

South Wales Argus: SUCCESS STORY: Beth Reekes with her novel The Kissing Booth

NEWPORT teen author Beth Reeks was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Awards for teen romance The Kissing Booth. Beth wrote the romance novel as part of a three-book deal when she was just 17.

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5. The Virgin Soldiers - Leslie Thomas

South Wales Argus: Leslie Thomas

Maesglas-born Leslie Thomas found fame with his novel inspired by his experiences as a national serviceman fighting in Malaya in the 1950s.

He became a reporter after leaving the army and published the The Virgin Soldiers in 1966. He since became one of Britain's most prolific authors.

6. The Coroner - MR Hall

South Wales Argus: Monmouthshire author and former criminal barrister Matthew Hall trains with St Joseph's coach Roger Williams prior to his white collar boxing bout (3925444)

Monmouth author and former criminal barrister Matthew Hall's debut novel, The Coroner, was published by Pan Macmillan in the UK in 2009 and was nominated for the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger in the best novel category. He also worked as a screenwriter for TV's Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw.

7. East of The Sun - Julia Gregson

South Wales Argus: AWARD: Julia Gregson

MONMOUTH author Julia Gregson, 63, has interviewed Mick Jagger, worked as a foreign correspondent and a cowgirl in the Australian outback, and has won the Le Prince Maurice Prize for literary love stories for her second novel East of The Sun.

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8. The Bethlehem Murders - Matt Beynon Rees

South Wales Argus: NEWPORT-BORN: Matt Beynon Rees

NEWPORT-born journalist Matt Beynon Rees worked in the Middle East for more than a decade is now an award-winning crime novelist.

He has won awards for his Omas Yussef series which follows a Palestinian detective and is now published in 23 countries. His first crime novel, The Bethlehem Murders, was published in 2007 and won the prestigious Crime Writers Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger in 2008.

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5:40pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

Rape of the fair country is ingrained in my psyche basically. I'm a fan of Arhur Machen's work too, I don't think the more modern stuff conveys Wales as an identity as such.
Rape of the fair country is ingrained in my psyche basically. I'm a fan of Arhur Machen's work too, I don't think the more modern stuff conveys Wales as an identity as such. Mervyn James
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7:04pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Limestonecowboy says...

After seeing this review will make a point of reading Rape of the Fair Country.
After seeing this review will make a point of reading Rape of the Fair Country. Limestonecowboy
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8:17pm Thu 6 Mar 14

corpardguy says...

Rape of the fair country is probably the nest book ever written about the industrial revolution in Wales. I was very moved when I first read it and it should be obligatory in schools..... and for the Wales team prior to any England match.
When you write a nook this good its a hard act to follow.
Rape of the fair country is probably the nest book ever written about the industrial revolution in Wales. I was very moved when I first read it and it should be obligatory in schools..... and for the Wales team prior to any England match. When you write a nook this good its a hard act to follow. corpardguy
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12:21am Fri 7 Mar 14

gingertom says...

Where's dilys by Bronwyn James. Wicked game by Matt Johnson. Two you have missed out.
Where's dilys by Bronwyn James. Wicked game by Matt Johnson. Two you have missed out. gingertom
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12:22am Fri 7 Mar 14

gingertom says...

One of the best Welsh authors is catrin collier.
One of the best Welsh authors is catrin collier. gingertom
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9:22am Fri 7 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

corpardguy wrote:
Rape of the fair country is probably the nest book ever written about the industrial revolution in Wales. I was very moved when I first read it and it should be obligatory in schools..... and for the Wales team prior to any England match.
When you write a nook this good its a hard act to follow.
I am in mind of how green was my valley, and years ago they showed this film in the old workman's institute at Cwmfelinfach, it reduced grown men and miners, to tears. Curiously the film was made in the USA... I never took to the Citadel, because the female lead had no connection whatever to wales and it showed. Anyone seem 'Tom' yet at Pontypridd ?
[quote][p][bold]corpardguy[/bold] wrote: Rape of the fair country is probably the nest book ever written about the industrial revolution in Wales. I was very moved when I first read it and it should be obligatory in schools..... and for the Wales team prior to any England match. When you write a nook this good its a hard act to follow.[/p][/quote]I am in mind of how green was my valley, and years ago they showed this film in the old workman's institute at Cwmfelinfach, it reduced grown men and miners, to tears. Curiously the film was made in the USA... I never took to the Citadel, because the female lead had no connection whatever to wales and it showed. Anyone seem 'Tom' yet at Pontypridd ? Mervyn James
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