Publication Date: May 16, 2011
Seren Books | Paperback | Welsh Fiction
Tony Bianchi is from North Shields, Northumberland and lives in Cardiff. The Welsh-language version of Daniel’s Beetles won the Daniel Owen Prize in 2007 and was short-listed for Wales Book of the Year. He has published two other novels in Welsh – Esgyrn Bach (2006) and Chwilio am Sebastian Pierce (2009) – and a volume of short stories, Cyffesion Geordie Oddi Cartref (2010). His English-language novel, Bumping (2010), was long-listed for the Portico Prize in 2010. He has also won awards for his poetry in Welsh.
‘One of the most exciting writers working in Wales today.’ (Lloyd Jones, Taliesin)
‘This is an intricate and multi-layered novel, rich in ideas and eloquent in expression, which will be pored over for years to come.’ (Owain Wilkins, Planet)
‘…a rich, thought-provoking novel…’ (New Welsh Review)
‘The writing is muscular and at times utterly overwhelming… I was exhilarated.’ (Robat Arwyn, adjudicator, National Eisteddfod of Wales)
The questions this book asks are serious, but Bianchi writes with great humour. This strange and marvellous novel is a joy – to be read slowly and savoured. — Planet