Posted on 27th August 2014

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David Hebblethwaite on three Welsh novels in translation

I’ve been aiming to incorporate my main reading interests in these columns for Fiction Uncovered. Today, it’s the turn of fiction in translation: I’ve chosen to look at three Welsh-language novels which won the Wales Book of the Year award and have since been translated into English. There was no great design in choosing these three particular titles, but I’ve found that they share a concern with the interaction of place and character, in their own individual ways.

Posted on 6th August 2014

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David Hebblethwaite announced as Guest Editor

We are thrilled to announce that David Hebblethwaite will be joining us as Guest Editor on FictionUncovered.co.uk over the next month. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds for his articles the first of which will be posted later this week.

Posted on 2nd November 2010

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Fiction Uncovered by… David Hebblethwaite, blogger

My choice for a book to bring back into the spotlight is Ken Grimwood’s 1986 novel Replay. It’s the story of Jeff Winston, who dies of a heart attack aged 43, then finds himself back at college as an 18-year-old. Aided by his knowledge of the future, Jeff is able to amass a considerable fortune…

Posted on 7th August 2014

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Uncovering The Reader

In his first post as Guest Editor on the site David Hebblethwaite discusses his development as a reader and how it is not always writers and books that need uncovering – sometimes it’s us, the readers

Posted on 5th June 2014

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Mouse and the Cossacks

Eleven-year-old Mouse de Bruin (she doesn’t like her given name) has lost the ability to talk. Not that this prevents her from communicating, as shown by her penchant for writing indignant letters while posing as her mother, or sending text messages to random numbers. At the start of Paul Wilson’s seventh novel, Mouse and her…

Posted on 19th November 2012

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Ours are the Streets

Sunjeev Sahota’s first novel, Ours are the Streets, is presented as the last testimony of Imtiaz Raina, a young British Muslim about to become a suicide bomber; it’s his attempt to explain himself to the people he loves. We follow Imtiaz from his time at university in Sheffield, where he falls in love with Becka,…

Posted on 4th September 2012

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Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 5

Now in its fifth year, the Bristol Short Story Prize is establishing itself as a significant award with an eye for good stories. The tales on this year’s shortlist (anthologised in this volume) are no exception. Top honours in this year’s Bristol Prize (announced on 14th July at ShortStoryVille) went to a fiction debut: ‘Naked…

Posted on 13th May 2012

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Summer

Tom Darling’s second novel, Summer, is the story of teenage Grace Hooper and her nine-year-old brother Billy, who arrive on their grandfather’s farm as orphans, their parents having been killed in an accident on holiday. School will not begin again for several months; until then, the children face a summer in an environment far removed…

Posted on 7th December 2011

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Fiction Uncovered 2011 title The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall wins 2011 Green Carnation Prize

Fiction Uncovered is pleased to announce that one of our 2011 titles, The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall, has been awarded the 2011 Green Carnation Prize. The prize, which launched in 2010, celebrates the writing of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) authors. The 2011 shortlist included  Jackie Kay and Colm Toibin. The Proof of Love, set during…

Posted on 4th August 2011

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The Fallen Blade

Jon Courtenay Grimwood made his name as a science fiction novelist; now, for his eleventh book (and first in five years), he’s turned to fantasy, beginning his ‘Assassini’ sequence. The 15th-century Venice of The Fallen Blade is ruled by a dynasty founded by Marco Polo, with a certain rivalry between the Regent Alonzo and his…

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