Posted on 14th August 2015

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Bethan Roberts on Resonance FM

To celebrate this year’s winners, Jerwood Fiction Uncovered FM returned to the airwaves on Sunday 21 June. The annual radio station is dedicated to discussing great British fiction. Listen to Bethan Roberts in conversation with English novelist, writer and journalist, Matt Thorne:   Fiction Uncovered – Bethan Roberts Interview by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud   Bethan Roberts…

Posted on 13th August 2015

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Backlist: Bethan Roberts

My Policeman From the moment Marion first lays eyes on Tom – her best friend’s big brother, broad, blond, blue-eyed – she is smitten. And when he comes home from National Service to be a policeman, Marion, a newly qualified teacher, is determined to win him. Unable to acknowledge the signs that something is amiss,…

Posted on 12th August 2015

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Reviews: Mother Island

“Bethan Roberts’ Mother Island is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller meets family drama. We have abducted babies, familial jealousies and childhood secrets combining in a prime example of suburban noir.” Simon Savidge, 2015 judge, blogger and journalist “…the immediate suspense is only the top layer of an intricate family story…Roberts writes fantastically well about…

Posted on 11th August 2015

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The Language of my Father

Bethan Roberts on how her father’s Welsh ancestry and the feeling of being a foreigner in her own country impacted on the writing of her prize-winning novel, Mother Island. I don’t remember when I first went to Wales, because I was a baby, and I suppose I was taken there in my mum’s arms, and…

Posted on 11th August 2015

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Celebrating the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Winners: Bethan Roberts

Every week until the beginning of September, we’re celebrating one of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors. This week we’re celebrating 2015 winner, Bethan Roberts who won with her novel, Mother Island. “Bethan Roberts’ Mother Island is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller meets family drama. We have abducted babies, familial jealousies and childhood…

Posted on 8th August 2015

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Q&A with Grace McCleen

How would you describe The Offering to a reading group?  A novel concerned with sin, repetition and redemption.   What inspired you to write The OfferingA moonlit walk.   The Offering gives the reader a vivid insight into mental health. What research was required to make this complex subject matter authentic?  None at all….

Posted on 6th August 2015

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Backlist: Grace McCleen

The Land of Decoration Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize Winner of the Betty Trask Award. A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK Blissfully inventive, brilliantly written, with a huge heart, and a tense, pulsing plot: The Land of Decoration introduces a young heroine who will change the way you see the world. My name is Judith…

Posted on 5th August 2015

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Reviews: The Offering

Strange and beautiful (Hope Whitmore, Independent on Sunday) Grace McCleen’s talent for description, especially when portraying the natural world, is quite exquisite. (Carol Midgley, The Times) The richness with which Madeline describes her febrile younger self contrasts heartbreakingly with the glassy, emotionally neutered life she inhabits now…a bold, mature, terribly sad novel. (Claire Allfree, Daily…

Posted on 4th August 2015

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Celebrating the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize Winners: Grace McCleen

Every week until the beginning of September, we’re celebrating one of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors. This week we’re celebrating 2015 winner, Grace McCleen who won with her novel, The Offering. “Prose as controlled and lyrical as the story within, the novel is disturbing and mysterious.” Cathy Galvin, journalist, poet and Director of…

Posted on 1st August 2015

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A Q&A with David Whitehouse

How would you describe Mobile Library to a reading group? Mobile Library is a book about a young boy and an older woman who find each other when they need each other most, and escape the awful realities of their lives to run away together – a road trip, and a chase, that runs the…

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