Recommendations

Hedyn

This is the first novel for this age by this prolific author. On his birthday, Marty receives a gift from his grandfather - a magical seed. Humorous and unusual, this story about making dreams come true will inspire and raise serious topics. Suitable for 9-12 year old readers.

Seed

Seed is a funny, big-hearted story by award-winner Caryl Lewis about the power of hope and imagination when you believe in the impossible. Perfect for readers of 8-12. Illustrated in black and white throughout by George Ermos.

The Attic Child

'An incredibly important book . . . a beautifully crafted, compelling story . . . which will undoubtedly break your heart but also make it sing.' Mike Gayle

'This is important storytelling about issues of race and privilege . . .that will stay with me for a long time.' Tracy Chevalier

'Just brilliant.' Dorothy Koomson

'Powerful and emotional' Lisa Jewell





Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a secret.



1907: Twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of his time locked in an attic room of a large house by the sea. Taken from his homeland and treated as an unpaid servant, he dreams of his family in Africa even if, as the years pass, he struggles to remember his mother's face, and sometimes his real name . . .



Decades later, Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege, will find herself banished to the same attic. Lying under the floorboards of the room is an old porcelain doll, an unusual beaded claw necklace and, most curiously, a sentence etched on the wall behind an old cupboard, written in an unidentifiable language. Artefacts that will offer her a strange kind of comfort, and lead her to believe that she was not the first child to be imprisoned there . . .



Lola Jaye has created a hauntingly powerful, emotionally charged and unique dual-narrative novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging, seen through the lens of Black British History in The Attic Child.

Drift

'A tender, unusual and gorgeously wrought love story that weaves the magic of folklore, the wonder of the sea, and the depths of human cruelty.' RACHEL JOYCE



THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEBUT FROM TWO-TIME WINNER OF WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR CARYL LEWIS: A STORY OF LOVE, MAGIC AND THE IRRESISTIBLE LURE OF THE SEA.



Nefyn has always been an enigma, even to her brother Joseph with whom she lives in a small cottage above a blustery cove.



Hamza is a Syrian mapmaker, incarcerated in a military base a few miles up the coast.



A violent storm will bring these two lost souls together - but other forces will soon try to tear them apart...



Moving between the wild Welsh coast and war-torn Syria, Drift is a love story with a difference, a hypnotic tale of lost identity, the quest for home and the wondrous resilience of the human spirit.

The Island of Missing Trees

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2022

A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2021



A rich, magical new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - now a top ten Sunday Times bestseller



It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs. This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows.



In the centre of the tavern, growing through a cavity in the roof, is a fig tree. This tree will witness their hushed, happy meetings, their silent, surreptitious departures; and the tree will be there when the war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, when the teenagers vanish and break apart.



Decades later in north London, sixteen-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born. Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle years of secrets, separation and silence. The only connection she has to the land of her ancestors is a Ficus Carica growing in the back garden of their home.



In The Island of Missing Trees, prizewinning author Elif Shafak brings us a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature, and, finally, renewal.



'What a wonderful read! This book moved me to tears... in the best way. Powerful and poignant' Reese Witherspoon



'A brilliant novel -- one that rings with Shafak's characteristic compassion for the overlooked and the under-loved, for those whom history has exiled, excluded or separated. I know it will move many readers around the world, as it moved me' Robert Macfarlane



'A wonderfully transporting and magical novel that is, at the same time, revelatory about recent history and the natural world and quietly profound' William Boyd



'This is an enchanting, compassionate and wise novel and storytelling at its most sublime' Polly Samson



'A wise novel of love and grief, roots and branches, displacement and home, faith and belief. THE ISLAND OF MISSING TREES is balm for our bruised times' David Mitchell



'An outstanding work of breathtaking beauty' Lemn Sissay



'A writer of important, beautiful, painful, truthful novels' Marian Keyes



'Lovely heartbreaker of a novel centered on dark secrets of civil wars & evils of extremism: Cyprus, star-crossed lovers, killed beloveds, damaged kids. Uprootings. (One narrator is a fig tree!)' Margaret Atwood on Twitter



'Elif Shafak is a unique and powerful voice in world literature' Ian McEwan

Welsh (Plural)

What does it mean to imagine Wales and 'The Welsh' as something both distinct and inclusive? In Welsh (Plural), some of the foremost Welsh writers consider the future of Wales and their place in it.



For many people, Wales brings to mind the same old collection of images - if it's not rugby, sheep and leeks, it's the 3 Cs: castles, coal, and choirs. Heritage, mining and the church are indeed integral parts of Welsh culture. But what of the other stories that point us toward a Welsh future? In this anthology of essays, authors offer imaginative, radical perspectives on the future of Wales as they take us beyond the cliches and binaries that so often shape thinking about Wales and Welshness.



Includes essays from Charlotte Williams (A Tolerant Nation?), Joe Dunthorne (Submarine, The Adulterants), Niall Griffiths (Sheepshagger, Broken Ghost), Rabab Ghazoul (Gentle / Radical Turner Prize Nominee), Mike Parker (On the Red Hill), Martin Johnes (Wales Since 1939, Wales: England's Colony?), Kandace Siobhan Walker (2019 Guardian 4th Estate Prize Winner), Gary Raymond (Golden Orphans, Wales Arts Review, BBC Wales), Darren Chetty (The Good Immigrant), Andy Welch (The Guardian), Marvin Thompson (Winner 2021 UK Poetry Prize), Durre Shahwar (Where I'm Coming From), Hanan Issa (My Body Can House Two Hearts), Dan Evans (Desolation Radio), Shaheen Sutton, Morgan Owen, Iestyn Tyne, Grug Muse and Cerys Hafana.

Klara and the Sun

*The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller*

*Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021*

*A Barack Obama Summer Reading Pick*



'This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go . . . tender, touching and true.' The Times



'The Sun always has ways to reach us.'



From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.



In Klara and The Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Brittle With Relics

Brittle with Relics is a landmark history of the people of Wales during a period of great national change.



'Richly humane, viscerally political, generously multi-voiced, Brittle with Relics is oral history at its revelatory best: containing multitudes and powerfully evoking that most remote but also resonant of times, the day before yesterday.'

DAVID KYNASTON



There is no present in Wales,

And no future;

There is only the past,

Brittle with relics.

- 'A Welsh Landscape', R. S. Thomas



In the closing third of the twentieth century, Wales experienced the simultaneous effects of deindustrialisation, the subsequent loss of employment and community cohesion, and the struggle for its language and identity. These changes were largely forced upon the country, whose own voice, rarely agreed upon within its borders, had to fight to be heard outside of Wales.



Brittle with Relics is a history of the people of Wales undergoing some of the country's most seismic and traumatic events: the disasters of Aberfan and Tryweryn; the rise of the Welsh language movement; the Miners' Strike and its aftermath; and the narrow vote in favour of partial devolution.



Featuring the voices of Neil Kinnock, Rowan Williams, Leanne Wood, Gruff Rhys, Michael Sheen, Nicky Wire, Sian James, Welsh language activists, members of former mining communities and many more, this is a vital history of a nation determined to survive, while maintaining the hope that Wales will one day thrive on its own terms.



'A testament to the brutal circumstances that bonded the communities of Wales into a new polity for the 21st century.'

GRUFF RHYS



'This book is a guide to remembering who we can be when we work together.'

GWENNO SAUNDERS



'An essential telling of Welshness that contains a powerful reflection of Englishness, too.'

EMMA WARREN

A Terrible Kindness

*INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*

*AN OBSERVER DEBUT OF 2022*

*AS FEATURED ON FRONT ROW*



When we go through something impossible, someone, or something, will help us, if we let them . . .



It is October 1966 and William Lavery is having the night of his life at his first black-tie do. But, as the evening unfolds, news hits of a landslide at a coal mine. It has buried a school: Aberfan.



William decides he must act, so he stands and volunteers to attend. It will be his first job as an embalmer, and it will be one he never forgets.



His work that night will force him to think about the little boy he was, and the losses he has worked so hard to forget. But compassion can have surprising consequences, because - as William discovers - giving so much to others can sometimes help us heal ourselves.



'I LOVE IT! Utterly and completely brilliant.' JOANNA CANNON



'It's a long time since I've read a debut novel that moved me so much.' RACHEL JOYCE



'Extraordinary.' SOPHIE HANNAH



'A brave and tender novel.' JOANNA GLEN



What readers are saying:

'One stunning read to remember.'



'Beautifully written . . . I would recommend this book to all.'



'Utterly heartbreaking and uplifting . . . I loved it.'



'Tremendous.'

Cynan A'r Bluen Eira

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Mori

A powerful novel for adults - Ffion Dafis's first novel, following the success of her first autobiographical book. She is already a well-known actress.

Fy Lliwiau Cyntaf

Everyone’s favorite Disney and Pixar characters are here to show you all the colours of the rainbow — and more!


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