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Twenty Thousand Saints

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One hot summer, an island which is practically empty except for twitchers, becomes a bustling community of tourists, nuns, an ex-inmate, an ambitious documentary film maker, nd an archaeologist combing his dig for a very personal find.The author is a singer-songwriter who performs with the Welsh soul band Y Barf. She has previously published Welsh-language novels. This is ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Alcemi (first published October 1st 2008)
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Feb 06, 2010 Sydney Smith rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Took a workshop with her here at school. She is a fantastic writer, teacher, and musician.
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Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) lies about two miles off the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales. Day-trippers are welcomed during the summer months but are warned to be careful, as islands can be dangerous. So says the official Bardsey website and Fflur Dafydd in her beautifully composed novel Twenty Thousand Saints.

It is summer and the Island has opened itself up to visitors once more. The first to arrive is a filmmaker, Leri, and her companion Greta. Next is Mererid, the writer-in-residence,
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I forced myself to read this book and I nearly went cross eyed with the effort. It was dead boring
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Aug 07, 2015 Richard Staines rated it liked it
It was an interesting read. A little different. I read it after seeing the writer's TV series 'Parch'.

The one thing both of these have in common is I didn't like the endings.

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Fflur Dafydd is a novelist from Carmarthen who publishes in both Welsh and English. Since publishing her first novel, Lliwiau Liw Nos in 2005, she has published six fiction volumes. Two of her Welsh-language novels, Atyniad (Y Lolfa, 2006) and Y Llyfrgell (Y Lolfa, 2009) have been awarded the major fiction awards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the Prose Medal (2006) and the Daniel Owen Memor ...more
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