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The Coward’s Tale by Vanessa Gebbie.. When you think Wales, you think Dylan Thomas, and if that’s the case, you will not be disappointed in Gebbie’s novelistic debut. She sings in these pages.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"After two collections of stories published in England, Wales native Gebbie sets her first, deceptively loose-limbed novel in a Welsh mining town whose present-day residents remain imprinted by a long-ago mining disaster."

Kirkus Reviews

"Gebbie's prose has something of the musical rhythm and cadence of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood. The lilting dialect is seductive and the poetic sweep through a town and its folk reminiscent of Jon McGregor's masterpiece, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. The poetry is unobtrusive but makes the characters live and breathe."

The Independent

Author bio: Vanessa Gebbie has previously written numerous prize-winning short stories, and published two collections, as well as a book on the art of the short story. The Coward's Tale is her first novel, and marks her U.S. debut. An extract from the novel won the Daily Telegraph Novel in a Year Competition. This year, Vanessa is writer-in-residence at Stockholm University. Born in Wales, she lives in Sussex. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (384 pp. Walestale: Kindle/Print editions)

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