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Wales, Half Welsh by John  Williams
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Oct 04, 11

bookshelves: wales, shorts, contemporary-fiction
Read from October 01 to 03, 2011

A collection of tales by authors from across Wales, both native born and naturalised non-natives, showing the diversity and similarities of life in Wales. The writing is unique in their styles and each shows a different aspect of Welsh life, from the struggle of just getting by to the injustice that permeated life on the edge of society. I found Sean Burke's tale 'The Trials of Mahmood Mattan' particularly poignant as, having heard the story growing up thinking it an urban myth, it was shocking and surprising to hear there is truth in it. The familiarity of many of the locations within each of the stories added to the realism of each and gave them a little extra oomph. A very interesting read that many a reader can enjoy, whether they're familiar with Wales or not.
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