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Welsh Books – The Best of 2018

It’s been an exciting year for Welsh books, and our writers have been nominating their favourites of 2018. We managed, after much debate, to get the list down to our top 10 – and here they are…


Sax Burglar Blues (Seren) by Robert Walton – poetry

The Glass Aisle (Seren) by Paul Henry – poetry

The Insomnia Museum (Head of Zeus) by Laurie Canciani – novel

Debussy: A Painter in Sound (Faber & Faber) by Stephen Walsh – non-fiction

Brief Lives (Seren) by Christopher Meredith – short stories

A Simple Scale (Seren) by David Llewellyn – novel

The Golden Orphans (Parthian) by Gary Raymond – novel

Rocking the Boat: Welsh Women Who Championed Equality 1840-1990 (Parthian) by Angela V. John – non-fiction

Tirzah and the Prince of Crows (Oneworld) by Deborah Kay Davies – novel

West (Granta) by Carys Davies – novel



Join us on December 21st for the announcement of our No.1 Welsh book of 2018 from this list of 10.


Thanks to Carolyn Percy, Bethan James, Sophie Baggott, Craig Austin, Dr Michelle Deininger, Dr Bethan Jenkins, Jim Perrin, Dr Emma Schofield, Adam Somerset, Dr Carrie Smith, Frances Spurrier, Dr Thomas Terrell, Nigel Jarrett, and Dr Laura Wainwright, for their contributions to this list.