Monthly Archives: June 2016
About fifteen years ago, I visited Fowey in Cornwall, home of Daphne du Maurier from about 1943 and also the location of the Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre. At that time, I had no real idea as to who du Maurier was, or what she wrote. As far as I knew, she was just any old writer of wistful Cornish romance novels, that happened to have been very popular…
This is the first full collection of Glyn Jones stories I’ve read. Previous to this, my only experience of Jones’ writing was the short story Jordan from the Peter Haining collection Great Welsh Fantasy Stories (a quick aside: this title is from the 2000 edition of the anthology, whereas the 1974 edition has the slightly more evocative title of The Magic Valley Travellers: Welsh Tales of Fantasy and Horror… but that’s for another post).
This book is amongst the best short story collections I’ve ever read. I read it over a couple of evenings a month or so back and I will probably try to re-read this before the year is out. Throughout its pages I experienced panic, anxiety, sadness, desperation, claustrophobia and isolation. The style and the subject matter of the text struck me as soon as I started to read, and it has stayed with me – much like The Outsider did when I first read it fifteen years ago.