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April 21, 2015

Following on from a quite humbling home reaction to THE DIG over the last year, Coffee House Press recently launched the novel Stateside.

The Dig by Cynan Jones

I'll be in New York and Washington in early May for events.

The U.S. edition follows recently published translations in Spanish:

La tejonera by Cynan Jones

.. and German:

Graben  Roman by Cynan Jones
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Published on April 21, 2015 11:10 • 28 views • Tags: overseas-editions, the-dig, translations

July 3, 2014

Alongside seven other books, THE DIG was chosen as one of this year's Jerwood Fiction Uncovered winners.

It's great company to be keeping, with writers including Naomi Wood, Gerard Woodward and Evie Wyld on the list. I'm looking forward to a summer reading through the fellow winners.

The prize is great timing, as Granta Books, working alongside Parthian, have reissued the backlist with stunning new covers from designer Jenny Griggs.

The Long Dry by Cynan Jones

Everything I Found on the Beach by Cynan Jones
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January 3, 2014

"Tense, tough and haunting" (Joe Dunthorne) and "winningly sparse" (Literary Review), The Dig tells the story of a farmer struggling through lambing time and his collision with a badger baiter.

The Dig by Cynan Jones
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Published on January 03, 2014 06:38 • 50 views • Tags: badgers, cynan-jones, granta, short-novel, the-dig, wales, welsh

November 11, 2013

Whenever I talk to reading groups, audiences, people are amazed how long it takes for a book to go from "being written" to the shelf of a shop.

Well. Not long to go. THE DIG is now available to pre-order, with an official publication date 16th January '14.

While you're waiting, I strongly suggest you read A MEAL IN WINTER - a quiet, resounding book I wish I could read again for the first time.
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Published on November 11, 2013 04:57 • 44 views • Tags: badgers, cynan-jones, granta, short-novel, the-dig, wales, welsh

August 20, 2013

To coincide with Granta Magazine's 'Travel' issue, a letter from Wales.
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Published on August 20, 2013 07:32 • 66 views • Tags: cynan-jones, fiction, granta, short-story, wales

June 16, 2013

At the beginning of June I looked over the final proof pages of "The Dig", the next novel.

This week the jacket proofs came in.

Official publication: January 16th, 2014.

Meanwhile, if you missed them, here's some links to short pieces.

Aberarth - a short story about erosion.

There are also appurtenant notes and sketches to the story here.

Milk - micro fiction in The Lampeter Review
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Published on June 16, 2013 10:48 • 52 views • Tags: aberarth, cynan-jones, fiction, granta, lampeter-review, short-story, the-dig, wales-arts-review

March 28, 2013

Congratulations to Junot Diaz who won.

The six shortlisted stories can be read here: Six Shorts - The finalists for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award

A great experience and a great set of writers to be on the same list as.

On Sunday they announce the winner of the readers' vote.
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Published on March 28, 2013 04:06 • 78 views • Tags: short-story, the-dig

February 26, 2013

Coinciding with Swansea's cup win and a good victory for Wales in Italy, I landed on the shortlist of the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Junot Diaz, Mark Haddon, Toby Litt, Ali Smith, Sarah Hall and myself. An extraordinary list to be on.

You can read the 6 shortlisted stories by downloading the kindle collection here, and vote for you favourite here.
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Published on February 26, 2013 03:38 • 64 views • Tags: short-story, the-dig

February 23, 2013

Recently posted on Wales Arts Review, a commissioned piece as part of their project to build a 'fictional map' of Wales.

Aberarth is a short story about erosion.

For a completely different feel, check out Rachel Trezise's brilliant story, kicking off the series: The Abergorki Long Veg Growing Society .

And if you like the banner illustrations, take a look at Dean Lewis' work here.
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Published on February 23, 2013 03:01 • 54 views • Tags: cynan-jones, fiction, rachel-tresize, short-story, wales-arts-review

January 25, 2013

Sunday 20th Jan - it's announced The Dig joins stories by prize-winning authors including Helen Dunmore, Adam Foulds, Mark Haddon, and Graham Swift on the longlist for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

Alongside twelve writers from Britain are Philomena Kearney Byrne and Belinda McKeon from Ireland, the American Claire Vaye Watkins, and Pulitzer Prize winning Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz.

The shortlist will be announced on 24th February. 16 writers down to 6.
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Published on January 25, 2013 10:52 • 46 views • Tags: badgers, booktrust, cynan-jones, efg-private-bank, short-story, sunday-times, the-dig