Welsh Books | The 10 Best of 2016

Welsh Books | The 10 Best of 2016

Some tough decisions had to be made, but the writers at Wales Arts Review eventually managed to agree on the 10 best books to come from Welsh writers or Welsh publishers in 2016. From the Hitler Youth to a rewriting of the history of visual arts in Wales, the list provides a diverse reading list and a rich pool of ideas and talent. Yet again, Welsh literature proves to be in extremely rude health. For our original reviews on the books in the list, just click on the red.

Holly Müller, author of My Own Dear Brother
Holly Müller, author of My Own Dear Brother

My Own Dear Brother by Holly Müller (novel, Bloomsbury)

Perfect by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher (children’s book, Graffeg)

Old Soldiers Never Die by Frank Richards (memoir, Library of Wales, Parthian)

The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America edited by Richard Gwyn (poetry, Seren)

The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art by Peter Lord (non-fiction, Parthian)

Ritual, 1969 by Jo Mazelis (short stories, Seren)

Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız by Nia Davies (poetry, Hafan Press)

What It’s Like to Be Alive: Selected Poems by Deryn Rees-Jones (poetry, Seren)

Addlands by Tom Bullough (novel, Granta)

What Possessed Me by John Freeman (poetry, Worple Press)