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In this striking collection of noir short stories Welsh writer Math Bird gives us tales of the haunted and the lost.


Set in the borderlands of northeast Wales, among a landscape of forests and hills, small coastal towns, and the Dee estuary, these are the stories of lonely boys and grief stricken men, ill-fated lovers, tough women, distant fathers and disillusioned sons.
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Published August 9th 2018 by All Due Respect Books
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In this striking collection of noir short stories Welsh writer Math Bird gives us tales of the haunted and the lost.

Set in the borderlands of northeast Wales, among a landscape of forests and hills, small coastal towns, and the Dee estuary, these are the stories of lonely boys and grief stricken men, ill-fated lovers, tough women, distant fathers and disillusioned sons. Many of them hell-bent on revenge, battling with both the present and the past.

Bird writes about men and
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Greg
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cymric Noir Masterpiece

Math Bird's Histories of the Dead is a stunning collection of Welsh noir. These stories are the work of a master craftsman and populated with down-on-their-luck characters who have enough heart to compel you to flip the pages and follow them through the moor to an unhappy end. I'll definitely be on the watch for more from Bird. Highly recommended.
Dave
British noir has a slightly different edge to it than American noir. It has a slightly different twang, a different rythm. It's not always as easy to get into, but in this slim volume of tales, Bird gives us tales of varying lengths that are sharp-edged, filled with dark sardonic humor, chilling twists, and insight into the human condition, the dark dreariness, despair, and a bit closed in and unable to escape
Sid Stiles
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished it - great collection! The first story absolutely blew me away. Not a bad one in the bunch - solid, gripping tales. Highly recommended.
Kate Robinson
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this volume of Welsh noir tales in one long sitting. Like a string of dark pearls, they mesmerize with the broken beauty of Math Bird's deftly portrayed characters and finely wrought prose. My favorite is The Devilfish, the study of Louisa, an unwitting and unconscious murderess with dementia and the sensibilities of her fisherfolk ancestors.
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Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you like your stories short, crime-ridden, and dark, this is the book for you. Those are qualities all seven of the stories in this collection share. Other things they have in common are, as the description indicates, a setting in Wales and being solidly written, entertaining reads.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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