The novel has been receiving big praise: Fiona McFarlane, award-winning author of The Night Guest, says it is “An exquisite novel: compassionate, beautiful and unflinching. I’m full of admiration for the skill with which it draws connections between the past and present, and manages to feel both timeless and achingly contemporary.”
Claire Fuller, award-winning author of Our Endless Numbered Days and Bitter Orange says: “Through three women’s distinct and wonderful voices Alys Conran explores the nature and meaning of home. The characters in this beautiful novel are fierce, compassionate, angry, but above all, heart-breakingly real. I was drawn in from the very first page.”
Alys’ first novel, Pigeon, won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017, the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, the Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Award, was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for the Author’s Choice First Novel Award.
Big congratulations to Alys – it is brilliant to see her fantastic storytelling reaching more readers.
Alys Conran won second prize in the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize for her story, Lobster, which is published in our Volume 5 anthology. The collection also features stories by Avril Joy, Danielle McLaughlin, Angela Readman, Ethel Rohan and Samuel Wright, and is published by Tangent Books.