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Diane’s banner photograph is: View inland from Borth ‘petrified forest’, February 2019
Two notable books this month are by authors living in and around Machynlleth.
The Levels, is Helen Pendry’s debut novel, set in the harsh edge-land of mid-Wales’ abandoned slate quarries. In winter. By no means grim, this is a seriously provocative story of a handful of people living on the edge of their own lives and apart. The main character, Abby, as she attempts to reveal what becomes an unpredictably thrilling mystery, provides a particularly reflective heart to accompany the reader. Was it military subterfuge, or personal revenge that intervened that winter and at what cost? Read it and make up your own mind!
In stock, contact here to reserve a copy.
On the Red Hill, by seasoned writer, Mike Parker.
After tackling his first loves, maps and idiosyncrasy of place (Map Addict /The Wild Rover); his main hate, (The Greasy Poll); leading the discovery for visitors of the endless beaches, the gentle, awe-inspiring or challenging Wales coastline (Coast); or ranting about those who don’t notice the nation’s fundamental character and language (Neighbours from Hell), Mike Parker throws himself, headlong, into describing the private passions, people and places on his doorstep at Rhiw Goch in the Welsh hills. Guided deftly through a year of seasons and many years of lives the reader comes to understand why four gay men, grown up decades apart, chose to embrace and be embraced by rural Wales.
In stock, contact here to reserve a copy.
We also stock 'O'r Pedwar Gwynt' the literature review for Welsh readers, as well as Golwg weekly news and views and Lingo Newydd, for Welsh Learners; Planet: The Welsh Internationalist
If you travel to Machynlleth by train and produce a current rail ticket claim 10% discount off new books. Don't be shy about mentioning the discount when you purchase, if we forget to ask!
We are in the fortunate position to be able to choose what subject areas to stock and what to avoid, based on both our own and local interests. We sell books - new and secondhand - by good publishers, with authoritative texts that reflect the richness of books - books that inform and inspire readers and writers and strike a chord with ourselves and our customers.
We made the choice not to run a car over 10 years ago. So, we source our second hand books using public transport, carrying rucksacks or pulling our trusty shopping trolley to help minimise our carbon footprint, selecting each book individually to suit our stock as we go.
Besides photography – our main specialist area – we maintain an impressive selection of books on the visual arts, built environment, poetry and contemporary music. Other important areas include current affairs, politics, nature writing, the environment, writing, books for Welsh learners, children and fiction. Our Welsh language titles are integrated into the general stock and cover the same subject areas, where possible.
We also stock a selection of greetings cards, including the very popular range provided by Candlestick Press in Nottingham: beautiful booklets of poetry, on a wide variety of themes, that can be posted for the price of a first class letter.
Wales Book of the Year 2019 Short List
After many months reading through Wales’ literary offerings from 2018, two independent judging panels have chosen their Short Lists for both the English and Welsh-language Wales Book of the Year Awards 2019
Roland Mathias Poetry Award
Insistence, Ailbhe Darcy (Bloodaxe Books Ltd.)
Salacia, Mari Ellis Dunning (Parthian Books)
Gen, Jonathan Edwards (Seren)
Aberystwyth University Fiction Award
Arrest Me, for I Have Run Away, Stevie Davies (Parthian Books)
West, Carys Davies (Granta Publications)
Sal, Mick Kitson (Canongate Books)
Creative Non-Fiction Award
Moneyland, Oliver Bullough (Profile Books)
The light in the dark: A winter journal, Horatio Clare (Elliott & Thompson)
Having a go at the Kaiser: A Welsh family at war, Gethin Matthews (University of Wales Press)
Twt Lol, Emyr Lewis (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)
Cyrraedd a cherddi eraill, Alan Llwyd (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
Stafell fy Haul, Manon Rhys (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
Gwobr Ffuglen Prifysgol Aberystwyth
Ynys Fadog, Jerry Hunter (Y Lolfa)
Llyfr Glas Nebo, Manon Steffan Ros (Y Lolfa)
Esgyrn, Heiddwen Thomas (Y Lolfa)
Gwobr Ffeithiol- Greadigol
Cymru mewn 100 Gwrthrych, Andrew Green (Gwasg Gomer)
Y Gymru ‘Ddu’ a’r Ddalen ‘Wen’: Aralledd ac Amlddiwylliannedd mewn Ffuglen Gymreig, er 1990, Lisa Sheppard (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru)
Rhyddhau’r Cranc, Malan Wilkinson (Y Lolfa)
The winners of this prestigious award will be announced at an Award Ceremony held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Thursday 20 June, where a total prize fund of £12,000 will be distributed to the winning writers.